London Irish confirm five new faces as building for future commences
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London Irish confirm five new faces as building for future commences

LONDON IRISH RFC have announced five new signings with the emphasis very much on youth.

The quintet are all aged 25 or under, with South African second-row Sebastian De Chaves being the oldest and the first announced on Wednesday.

News of promising prop Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, 22, signing for next season from Northampton Saints followed, while 23-year-old hooker David Porecki was subsequently confirmed on a two-year deal from the 2016-17.

Openside flanker Max Northcote-Green, who turns 22 this Saturday, was then announced as an Exile for next season, also penning a two-year deal after signing from Bath, while 24-year-old Andy Symons joins his brother Matt at the club after accepting a two-year deal.

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Symons arrives from Worcester Warriors on the back of being their top scorer with 115 points in 17 Championship games, helping them to promotion back into the Aviva Premiership.

“I’m delighted to have signed for London Irish, and I’m looking forward to being part of such an ambitious club,” Symons told the club's official website.

“Joining London Irish alongside my brother is fantastic, he's spoken very highly of the club and how great the set-up is at Hazelwood.

“I’ve really enjoyed the last three seasons at Worcester Warriors, I’d like to thank everyone there and of course the supporters,” he added, while his brother welcomed him to the club via Twitter.

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Irish are currently bottom of the Aviva Premiership, four points adrift of Newcastle Falcons with as many games remaining.