Welsh International loosehead prop John Yapp has joined London Irish for the 2013/14 campaign on a season-long loan deal.
The signing of Yapp adds real strength to the Exiles front row. At 19 stone and 6' 2", the proven set piece operator has amassed 21 caps for Wales and was in their Grand Slam-winning Six Nations squad in 2005.
Yapp made over 100 appearances for Cardiff Blues before signing for RaboDirect Pro12 rivals Edinburgh, where he made 21 appearances last season. Yapp was part of the Cardiff Blues side that won the Amlin Cup in 2010.
"I have been very impressed with John Yapp throughout his career especially on the international stage," said London Irish Director of Rugby, Brian Smith.
"He is a loosehead prop with significant experience and his power, knowledge and tenacity will really strengthen our front row."
"I'm thrilled to be joining London Irish this season. They proved during the second half of last season that they are a very good side," said Yapp.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge of playing in the Aviva Premiership. It is a difficult competition with some fantastic players. As a player you want to test yourself against the best week in week out and at London Irish I will be able to do that."