Tigers snap up Salvi
Brumbies flanker offsets the loss of Newby
By Tony Curtis - Twitter: @SkySportsTC. Last Updated: 12/07/11 9:01am
Salvi: Heading to the Tigers
Leicester have moved quickly to cover the loss of Craig Newby by signing former Bath flanker Julian Salvi.
The Australian arrives from the Brumbies on a short-term deal after Newby was ruled out for up to five months with a knee problem which has required surgery.
Salvi, who has represented Australia at Under-21s and A team levels, enjoyed a successful season at Bath before returning to the Brumbies.
And Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill is pleased will his latest acquisition - particularly as his squad is already likely to be stretched during the World Cup.
Cockerill said: "We're delighted that Julian has agreed to join us. He enjoyed a very good season in England a couple of years ago and has been a major performer in Australia too.
"Losing a player of Craig Newby's influence and experience is a blow to the squad, especially during a World Cup year when we are likely to be without a number of senior players.
"But we see Julian as a very good addition to the squad. He will join us by the end of July and his previous experience in this country should allow him to fit in pretty quickly."