Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Irish snap up Mayhew

Brian Smith, pictured, believes Mike Mayhew 'has the potential to play Test rugby'

London Irish have confirmed the signing of hooker Mike Mayhew on a three-year contract from Championship leaders Newcastle.

Mayhew, 26, joined Irish as injury cover earlier this season and has now agreed a permanent move.

"Mike made a big impression when he played for us earlier in the season," Irish rugby director Brian Smith said. "He is a big fella and dynamic ball-carrier, so he will fit into our game very well. He is also English-qualified, and I believe he has the potential to kick on and play Test rugby."

In addition to Mayhew, Newcastle will also lose back-row forward Taiasina Tu'ifua this summer after the Falcons announced he has agreed a two-year deal with French club Bordeaux-Begles.

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