London Irish can confirm that the Club has signed Italy international centre Luca Morisi.

Morisi will join Declan Kidney’s set-up at Hazelwood this summer and bolster Irish’s options in midfield.

The dynamic centre made his debut for the Azzurri in 2012 and has since appeared 32 times for his country, representing them in four Guinness Six Nations campaigns and in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

In two appearances at Twickenham, Morisi has managed to cross the whitewash three times and famously registered a brace against England in the 2015 Six Nations, contributing to his four tries in 15 tournament appearances.

His beginnings in rugby saw him come through the ranks of his local side Milano before continuing his development in northern Italy in his first professional Clubs, Grande Milano Rugby and Crociati Parma Rugby.

Morisi spent time on loan with Benetton before a permanent switch to the Venetian side in 2012.

London Irish Director of Rugby Declan Kidney welcomed the new addition to the team as the Exiles build momentum towards the 2022/23 season.

“Luca boasts a good amount of club and international experience, which can be a valuable asset to any squad,” said Declan Kidney.

“We look forward to seeing his impact, both on and off the field.”

Luca Morisi voiced his delight in signing for the Exiles and is excited what a new adventure in London could present.

“I am very thankful to have this opportunity presented to me as it has always been an aspiration to play in England.

“I believe this is a brilliant move for myself and my family, and I can’t wait to prove myself to Declan and his staff.”

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