Aviva Premiership: London Irish sign Scott Steele and Conor Gilsenan
London Irish have announced the signings of youngsters Scott Steele and Conor Gilsenan for next season.
Last Updated: 09/04/14 3:37pm
Scrum-half Steele, 20, joins from Aviva Premiership rivals Leicester Tigers and has represented Scotland at U20 level.
Gilsenan arrives from Leinster, where he came through the Irish province's academy system. The 21-year-old back-row has captained Ireland representative teams at age grade level.
Westmeath native Gilsenan has also impressed for Leinster 'A' in the British and Irish Cup, which they won last year and are in the quarter-finals of this season's competition.
London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith said: "Both Scott and Conor are really promising players. Scott is a talented scrum-half with a terrific skill set and Conor is a back-rower who plays with enormous intensity.
"Both guys are quality players and good professionals and will add plenty of depth to our squad next season."
Steele cited Exiles scrum-half Tomas O'Leary as one of the reasons behind his decision to move to the Madejski Stadium.
"Having spoken with the coaches at London Irish I feel this is a very good move for me," he said. "They play a very quick brand of rugby which I feel will suit me and working alongside Tomas O'Leary will help develop my game further."
Gilsenan added: "I'm excited at the challenge of moving across to London Irish to play in the Premiership. It's a competitive league with some great players and I feel it is the right time to make the move.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at Leinster and would like to thank everyone for what they have done for me during my time with the club."