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O'Leary joins London Irish

Ireland scrum-half Tomas O'Leary has signed a three-year deal with London Irish.

The 28-year-old will join the Exiles in the summer from Munster, where he has won two Heineken Cups and two Magners League titles.

"Joining London Irish presents a new and exciting chapter in my career and one that I am really looking forward to," O'Leary said. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Munster and the Heineken Cup triumph in 2008 will always remain a highlight."

O'Leary will replace former England scrum-half Paul Hodgson, who will leave London Irish for Worcester at the end of this season.

Capped 24 times, O'Leary was part of Ireland's Grand Slam-winning side in 2009 and he was selected for the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa only for an ankle injury to rule him out.

He added: "I'm looking forward to working alongside (director of rugby) Brian (Smith) and the coaching team and testing myself in the Aviva Premiership and playing alongside a very talented squad at London Irish.

"I have been lucky enough to be part of some winning teams at both Munster and Ireland and I hope to have even more success as a London Irish player."

Smith said: "Tomas will be a fantastic addition to our squad. He is a proven scrum half who has represented his country at the highest level.

"He will bring with him a wealth of experience and a winning mentality. We look forward to welcoming him to the club this summer."

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