Leinster prop Hagan moving to Exiles

Leinster tighthead prop Jamie Hagan will make his exit from the province at the end of the season after agreeing a three year deal with London Irish.

Leinster prop Hagan moving to Exiles

Leinster tighthead prop Jamie Hagan will make his exit from the province at the end of the season after agreeing a three year deal with London Irish.

The signing of Michael Bent saw Hagan drop to third choice tighthead behind the New Zealand-born prop and Ireland starter Mike Ross.

Hagan has featured fifteen times for Joe Schmidt’s men this season but has yet to enjoy a full 80 minute run out.

The 25-year old tighthead prop forward joined Leinster from school before spending two years with Connacht, making 50 appearances. He moved back to Leinster in the summer of 2011.

Jamie was drafted into the Leinster Academy as an 18-year-old in 2005 and was capped, provincially and nationally, through the age grades.

London Irish Director of Rugby Brian Smith likes what he has seen of Hagan and expects big things from the prop.

“Jamie Hagan is a future Irish Test player,” Smith commented.

“He’s cut his teeth in the Rabo Direct Pro 12 and is more than ready to launch his Aviva Premiership career.

“He’s a tough, uncompromising prop coming into his prime and he’ll add more steel to our tight five.

“Jamie’s rugby talent and Irish heritage make him a perfect fit for the club. I’m genuinely delighted that he’s committed to London Irish for the next three seasons.”

Grateful as he is for his time at Leinster Hagan admitted he is ready for a new challenge and is excited to be involved in Premiership rugby.

"I'm looking forward to moving across to England and joining London Irish,” the prop said.

“They are a team with a rich heritage and proud Irish traditions which will really suit me.

“I would like to thank Leinster for all they have done for me and wish them well for the future.

“I look forward to joining London Irish next season and getting stuck in to Premiership rugby.”

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