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Exiles snap up promising talents

09th April 2014 13:13

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London Irish have added talented young duo Scott Steele and Conor Gilsenan to their squad for next season.

Scrum-half Steele joins from Leicester Tigers where he has been for the last three seasons.

The Scotland U20 International represented his country in the 2013 Six Nations Championship and Junior World Championships. The 20-year-old is a goalkicker and English Qualified Player.

Gilsenan, 21, joins from Leinster where he has been since joining the Province's Academy. He attended Clongowes Wood College.

The Westmeath native has been hugely influential the last few seasons for the Leinster 'A' team in the B&I Cup, which they won last year and are in the Quarter-Finals of this year.

"Both Scott and Conor are really promising players," said London Irish director of rugby, Brian Smith.

"Scott is a talented scrum-half with a terrific skill set and Conor is a back rower who plays with enormous intensity. Both guys are quality players and good professionals and will add plenty of depth to our squad next season."

"Having spoken with the coaches at London Irish I feel this is a very good move for me," said Steele.

"They play a very quick brand of rugby which I feel will suit me and working alongside Tomás O'Leary will help develop my game further."

"I'm excited at the challenge of moving across to London Irish to play in the Premiership," said Gilsenan.

"It's a competitive league with some great players and I feel it is the right time to make the move. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at Leinster and would like to thank everyone for what they have done for me during my time with the club."

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