Exiles sign Hurricanes fly-half Marshall


Hurricanes fly-half James Marshall has agreed a deal with Premiership strugglers London Irish for the 2016-17 season.

The 27-year-old will feature in his fourth campaign with Hurricanes before taking on a new challenge with the Exiles.

Marshall, who played his part in the Wellington-based franchise's run to the Super Rugby final last year, said: "I'm looking forward to joining up with London Irish next year.

"The plans in place at the club are very exciting and it is an environment I am looking forward to being a part of. I know Tom Coventry and Clark Laidlaw well from coaching in New Zealand and I'm impressed by the ambition and vision for where they see the club going.

"I look forward to joining the club next summer."

London Irish head of rugby operations Glenn Delaney said: "James signing is a huge statement of where we want to take this team next season. He is comfortable at both fly-half and full-back and possesses great game management skills.

"He has been an important member of the Hurricanes squad over the last few years and the experience he has gained from being in their environment will be invaluable to us at London Irish."

The Exiles are bottom of the Premiership after winning just one of their first eight games, but are second in European Challenge Cup Pool Five following two wins out of four.