Sunday 19 November 2017

Leicester sign Ireland lock

Dan Tuohy, left, and Devin Toner, Ireland. Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Match. Ireland v Scotland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE (Photo by Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images)
Dan Tuohy, left, and Devin Toner, Ireland. Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Match. Ireland v Scotland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE (Photo by Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images)

Leicester Tigers have strengthened their second row stocks by signing former Ulster second-row Dan Tuohy on loan from Bristol.

The 32-year-old joins the Tigers squad to add to the club's second-row options with Graham Kitchener ruled out after surgery on a facial injury while Mike Fitzgerald remains sidelined after undergoing surgery on a knee injury suffered in pre-season.

Commenting on the signing of Tuohy, Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor said: “We’ve suffered a couple of injuries at lock and, as we enter a key part of the season in the league and in Europe, we felt it was important to add to our senior players there.

“Dan has played extensively in the Premiership and in the European Cup, and he brings a lot of experience into the squad at an important time.”

Tuohy has been capped 11 times for Ireland and played 136 games for Ulster over seven years in Belfast.

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