Tigers snap up Salvi

Brumbies flanker offsets the loss of Newby

By Tony Curtis - Twitter: @SkySportsTC.   Last Updated: 12/07/11 9:01am

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Salvi: Heading to the Tigers

Salvi: Heading to the Tigers

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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."

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