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London Irish sign Greig Tonks from Edinburgh Rugby

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Greig Tonks has Premiership experience having turned out for both Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints (Picture: Emma/Creative Commons)

LONDON IRISH have completed the signing of Scotland fly-half Greig Tonks.

The 26-year-old has joined the club from RaboDirect Pro 12 outfit Edinburgh Rugby and arrives immediately, the Exiles have confirmed.

“I am delighted that we have secured the services of a player of Greig’s calibre,” said Glenn Delaney, Irish’s head of rugby operations.

“He brings a lot of experience to the team and we look forward to welcoming him to the club.”

Tonks, who will provide cover for the injured Chris Noakes, will join up with his new team-mates at Irish’s Hazelwood training complex this week ahead of the game at Bath on Saturday, where he could make his debut.

And Tonks, who represented his country during last year’s Six Nations, is no stranger to the Aviva Premiership either, having cut his teeth with Leicester Tigers – who defeated Tom Coventry’s men 47-20 on Sunday – before making the short switch down the M1 to Northampton Saints.

Following two years under the stewardship of Jim Mallinder (Saints’ coach), Tonks made the move north of the border when Edinburgh came calling.

And during his time with the capital club the player, who is comfortable either at full-back, centre or stand-off, made 79 appearances, racking up just under a century of points.

Tonks should be a name familiar to Irish players and supporters alike too, as he featured in both European Challenge Cup fixtures between the two sides earlier in the season.

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