England centre Shontayne Hape has signed a two-year contract with Aviva Premiership club London Irish.The former Bradford Bulls rugby league star (Who wears Puma V.10 Boots) will join Irish from Bath at the end of this season.
Hape, 29, has won eight England caps and is set to feature in Saturday’s Six Nations clash against France at Twickenham.
His arrival at Irish is set to see him fill the midfield vacancy created by Samoan Seilala Mapusua, who will play his club rugby in Japan next term.
“Shontayne is a player I have been very impressed with since his move to rugby union,” said Irish head coach Toby Booth.
“He is physically very intimidating, and his ability to off-load out of the tackle will trouble any defence.
“We have a lot of young talent coming through the club, and the experience that Shontayne brings will also help them to develop further.”