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Lahiff to make Melbourne move

London Irish prop Max Lahiff will join Melbourne Rebels at the end of this season, the Aviva Premiership club have announced.

Lahiff has agreed a two-year deal with the Australian Super Rugby franchise, and he will head Down Under in June.

The 23-year-old, who qualifies to play for Australia through his father, joined the London Irish academy in 2009 and has made 59 first-team appearances.

"Max is a terrific player and a young man with great values," Irish rugby director Brian Smith said. "He will do well at the Rebels and may go on to play for the Wallabies.

"He has played hard for us all season and he will always be welcome back at the club as a player."

Meanwhile, the Exiles have moved to sign Nottingham forwards Matt Parr and Nic Rouse on two-year deals.

Prop Parr, 29, has previous Aviva Premiership experience with Leicester, Sale and Saracens, while 32-year-old lock Rouse has made more than 160 appearances for Nottingham.

"We are delighted to have these two players on board for the next few seasons," added Smith.

"Matt will bring massive strength, work-rate and experience in a key position, which will be crucial for us going forward.

"Nic also has a great work-rate and is a very physical player."

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