Aviva Premiership newcomers London Welsh have signed hooker Gareth Evans from Plymouth Albion.
The 30-year-old has spent the last six seasons playing for Plymouth, converting to hooker over the last two seasons after previously plying his trade in the back row.
Evans has also represented the Navy in the annual match against the Army at Twickenham, and scored the winning try during the 2010 encounter.
He will combine his career as a Royal Marine sergeant with playing for the Exiles in their maiden Aviva Premiership campaign.
"It's a massive opportunity and I'm really looking forward to next season. The Aviva Premiership is a massive challenge but we'll see how we get on," Evans said.
"Unlike in the Championship we'll really have to hit the ground running, but hopefully with Lyn (Jones) in charge he'll guide us through."