MUNSTER SCRUM HALF Tomás O’Leary has agreed to join London Irish on a three-year deal.
The Corkman has been pushed down the Thomond Park pecking order by fellow Irish international Conor Murray.
“Joining London Irish presents a new and exciting chapter in my career and one that I am really looking forward to,” O’Leary said today.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Munster and the Heineken Cup triumph in 2008 will always remain a highlight. I’m looking forward to working alongside Brian 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 & Ireland and I hope to have even more success as a London Irish player,” he added.
Munster have confirmed the player will remain with the province until the end of the season.
“It is great to be announcing this week, just ahead of our St Patrick’s game, that a current Irish international will be joining us for next season,” London Irish director of rugby, Brian Smith said.
“Tomás 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.”
In other big news from Limerick today, Jerry Flannery has called time on his rugby career due to injury.