Former England World Cup winner Steve Thompson will be on the bench for Brive against Newcastle Falcons in the European Challenge Cup on Thursday after announcing his retirement following a chronic neck problem while at Northampton last season.
Hooker Thompson will have to repaying hundreds of thousands of pounds in insurance money after he got the green light to return to playing from three different specialists in France - and surgery in the United States from Rick Nelson.
Thompson returned against Connacht last week as a replacement flanker after 20 minutes before moving up into the second row and at 19 stone he reckons he needs to shed a few more pounds before thinking of an international return.
Peter O'Mahony was named man of the match against England last month
21 April 2017, 7:22pm
Peter O'Mahony's performance in the RBS 6 Nations finale for Ireland against England was crucial to his selection for the British & Irish Lions on Wednesday, Ireland and Lions defence coach Andy Farrell has revealed.