Leicester Tigers have moved to snap up England Saxons captain George Skivington from Wasps at the end of the season.
Skivington has captained the Saxons for the past two seasons and has appeared for Wasps more than 125 times since making his debut in 2003 - winning the Guinness Premiership and Heineken Cup in the process.
And after being deprived of Richard Blaze for almost the entire season due to injury, Tigers head coach Richard Cockerill admitted he was desperate to have strength in numbers.
"The second row is an area we have been looking at, especially as Richard Blaze has been out with long-term injury," said Cockerill.
"George will certainly add to our strength in that area. He is a player who thrives on his work around the pitch, he is very competitive on the pitch and his leadership qualities have been recognised with the England Saxons captaincy in the last couple of seasons.
"I'm looking forward to seeing him working in this environment and I'm sure he will make his mark with Leicester Tigers."
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.