Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Irish have confirmed the signing of Scottish international tight head prop Geoff Cross ahead of the new season of the Aviva Premiership on a two year contract as the club looks to build a squad capable of fighting and qualifying for the European competitions.
The 30 year old has been signed from the Scottish side Edinburgh and has made 130 appearances for the club during his stint with the club, scoring six tries for the team.
Cross has also been a regular international for the Scotland Rugby Team and has amassed 28 caps for the side and was also selected for the recently concluded Six Nations Championship where he started twice.
Brian Smith, the Director of Rugby of the London Irish stated that it will be a huge boost for the club to have managed the signing of a player of the talents and experience of Geoff Cross. He went on to add that he is a genuine tight head prop with an international caliber behind him and he also performed exceptionally well during the recently concluded Six Nations Championships where he was one of the players who stood out among a side that underperformed greatly.
Smith stated that the team will have a lot of competition for front row positions during the new season and this healthy competition will only benefit the squad and the players.
Cross himself hailed his move south of the border and added that he excited to be playing in the Aviva Premiership, which is one of the most competitive and best leagues in the world in the new season. He also mentioned that leaving Edinburgh was a tough choice but the chance to play for the London Irish in the Premiership was too good to pass up.