Kepu to join London Irish in Premiership
Australia international Sekope Kepu has agreed to join newly promoted London Irish in the Premiership after the Rugby World Cup.
The prop, who has made 103 appearances for his country, debuted for the Waratahs in 2008 and, apart from a season with Bordeaux in 2015-16, has been a regular in Super Rugby, making over 130 appearances.
But the 33-year-old Wallabies star is set to depart Australia following this year's World Cup, with the plan to link up with the Exiles early in 2020.
"I'm excited at the opportunity to join London Irish as they return back to the Premiership next season," Kepu said.
| The Exiles have today announced the signing of experienced @qantaswallabies international Sekope Kepu ahead of next season.— London Irish (@LiRFC) May 6, 2019
The prop will join up with the club following his commitments with the ARU. Read more https://t.co/3hZ1RaKBW1#KepuSignspic.twitter.com/HEBTBas8j0
"I was very impressed by the facilities at Hazelwood and the new stadium taking shape in West London, so as a player, it is an exciting time to be joining the club."
Declan Kidney, the Championship winners' director of rugby, added: "We look forward to welcoming Sekope Kepu to London Irish in the New Year after he fulfils his ARU commitments.
"He will bring valuable experience to our front row and, having proved himself at the highest level, we are excited to have him join us here at Hazelwood."
Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien is also to join London Irish after the World Cup, with his switch from Leinster announced in February.