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."
Assistant coach Richie Murphy has refused to rule any Ireland player out ahead of their RBS 6 Nations clash with France this weekend after Leinster back Fergus McFadden was called up to the squad as cover.