Irish eyes smiling at Ian Gough signing
LONDON Irish have expressed their delight after ex-Newport Gwent Dragons and Wales lock Ian Gough, 36, joined the Aviva Premiership club on a short-term deal.
The former Rodney Parade favourite from Cwmbran signed for the Reading-based side who have injury worries in the second row.
There are concerns over the fitness of George Skivington and Kieran Low and the club parachuted in Ian Nimmo from the Dragons on loan last week.
A Grand Slam winner in 2005 and 2008, Gough left the Ospreys over the summer where he had spent six years after leaving the Dragons.
The Panteg-born Gough made his Wales debut in 1998 during the infamous 96-13 drubbing against the Springboks in South Africa but went on to have an illustrious international career.
The last of his 64 caps was against Fiji in Cardiff three years ago when the hosts were held to a 16-16 draw.
London Irish Director of Rugby Brian Smith said of Gough: "It's great to have a player of the stature and experience of Ian onboard.
“He is a proven Test forward and has been exceptional at the set piece and the breakdown area throughout his career.
“His presence and influence around the training ground will be massive. He'll add more experience to our young, talented squad.”