Former Stormers, Lions scrumhalf signs for London Irish

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Nic Groom in action for the Lions against the Sharks in 2019. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)
Nic Groom in action for the Lions against the Sharks in 2019. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

English club London Irish have announced the signing of South African scrumhalf Nic Groom.

Groom arrives on a short-term contract until the end of the 2020/21 season, following his recent departure from Scottish outfit Edinburgh.

Groom had joined Edinburgh from the Lions in 2019 and made 22 appearances, scoring six tries.

The South African is however no stranger to Premiership rugby, having made 49 appearances for Northampton Saints between 2016 and 2018.

Before that, the 31-year-old spent five years at Western Province and the Stormers (2011-2016).

The 5ft 8in playmaker has one South Africa 'A' cap and one Barbarians appearance to his name.

Speaking after signing with London Irish, Groom told the club's official website: "I'm really glad it's happened - it's the right opportunity at the right time for me.

"I've been keeping an eye on things ever since it became a possibility to come here, and it seems like the club is really moving forward in the right direction.

"I like the way the team plays, and you can see how much it means to the group every time they pull on the London Irish jersey, so that was a big attraction for me in coming here."

London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney added: "We're really pleased to add Nic to the squad for the remainder of the season.

"His experience in the Premiership will be invaluable for what's to come over the course of the remaining fixtures."

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