London Irish have completed the short-term signing of scrum-half Nic Groom.

Groom arrives on a short-term contract until the end of the 2020/21 season, following his recent departure from Edinburgh.

Director of Rugby, Declan Kidney, said: “We’re really pleased to add Nic to the squad for the remainder of the season.

“His experience in the Premiership will be invaluable for what’s to come over the course of the remaining fixtures.”

Groom joined former Club, Edinburgh, from the Lions in 2019, and made 22 appearances for the Scottish side, scoring six tries.

The South African is no stranger to Premiership rugby, of course, having made 49 appearances for Northampton Saints between 2016 and 2018.

Prior to that, Groom spent five years at Stormers and a similar spell with Western Province in his homeland in the early stages of his career.

The 5ft 8in playmaker has one South Africa A cap and one Barbarians appearance to his name.

Speaking on his arrival at the Club, Groom said: “I’m really glad it’s happened – it’s the right opportunity at the right time for me.

“I’ve been keeping an eye on things ever since it became a possibility to come here, and it seems like the Club is really moving forward in the right direction.

“I like the way the team plays, and you can see how much it means to the group every time they pull on the London Irish jersey, so that was a big attraction for me in coming here.”

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