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London Irish sign Edinburgh skipper Mike Coman for next season

London Irish have announced the signing of Edinburgh captain Mike Coman on a three-year deal.

Back-row forward Coman, 28, will move to Irish for next season.

The New Zealander joined Edinburgh in 2013, leading them to last season's European Challenge Cup final, when they were beaten by Gloucester.

Irish's head of rugby operations Glenn Delaney said: "Th e addition of Mike to our squad for next season is a huge coup for London Irish.

"He is a proven leader and will bring plenty of physicality to our pack."

Irish are currently bottom of the Aviva Premiership after collecting just eight points from 10 games, and they host 10th-placed Worcester next weekend.

Coman said: " Having spoken to (Irish head coach) Tom Coventry, who I know well from New Zealand, and seeing where he wants to take the club, I was happy to sign.

"Everything looks to be in place off the field to ensure the side are successful on it, and I look forward to being part of a squad working hard to achieve that."

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons declared Coman would be "sorely missed by all" at the Scottish club.

Solomons added: "His contribution both on and off the field has been immense. He is an outstanding leader, a terrific bloke and a really good rugby player.

"Mike is one of the finest men I have met and it has been a pleasure and a privilege to coach and work with him."

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