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London Irish sign prop Parker and give recent trial winger a deal

By Sam Smith
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London Irish have bolstered their squad heading into round four of the Gallagher Premiership by confirming the double signing of winger Cillian Redmond and tighthead Ciaran Parker. The Exiles have had a disappointing start to the season results-wise, losing to Worcester and Northampton either side of a draw with Sale and they next host leaders Leicester in Brentford.

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A statement from Irish on their latest squad additions read: “Irishman Redmond joins after a successful trial period with the club. Having featured in the second half of our pre-season friendly against Connacht last month, the winger has now put pen to paper on a contract with the Exiles.

“Prop Parker, meanwhile, will add to Declan Kidney’s tighthead options at Irish. The 25-year-old, formerly of Sale Sharks and Munster amongst others, joins from Jersey Reds, having spent time on loan with Leinster last season.”

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London Irish boss Kidney added: “We are pleased to welcome both of the guys to the squad. Cillian has impressed us during his time with us and will strengthen our options on the wing.

“Ciaran provides us with extra options at tighthead in the wake of Lovejoy (Chawatama) picking up an injury in pre-season.”

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