Leicester Tigers have signed hooker Nic Dolly.
The front-rower joins Tigers on a multi-year deal this week from Coventry Rugby, who he joined ahead of the revised 2020/21 Championship campaign.
Born in Australia, Dolly enjoyed a successful youth career with New South Wales Rugby Union and the English-qualified forward joined Sale Sharks in 2017 before being included in the England Under-18s squad that season.
Dolly spent time on loan with Sale FC, Rotherham Titans and Jersey Reds, and represented England in the Under-20s Six Nations and Junior World Championship in 2019 alongside Tigers prop Joe Heyes.
Speaking about the addition of Dolly, Leicester Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick said: “Nic is a promising young player who we are excited to welcome to Tigers.
“He is an ambitious, hard-working player and impressive young man who we believe can add to our squad and develop his game as a member of the Leicester squad.
“Nic has expressed his want to be a part of what we are building here in Leicester and to contribute to Tigers on and off the pitch.”
Discussing his move to Tigers, Dolly added: “I am really excited to be joining this group of boys, with so much experience.
“Tigers has so much history and I’m looking forward to learning, growing & contributing to this great club.
“I am excited to be working under Steve Borthwick, with all his knowledge, attention to detail and the environment he has created.
“It’s inevitable that you are going to develop and is going to be a challenge but one I’m excited about.”
The 21-year-old will link up with his new team-mates at the club’s Oval Park training ground this week.
Meanwhile, Leicester outside-back Sam Aspland-Robinson will join the Championship club on a dual-registration contract with Tigers.
The 24-year-old has made 14 appearances for Tigers since his debut in 2019.
Aspland-Robinson joins Tigers team-mate Sam Lewis at Coventry and becomes the ninth member of Borthwick’s squad to be given a loan opportunity with limited opportunities available in the 2020/21 campaign, which has seen the Premiership Rugby Cup and Premiership Rugby Shield competitions cancelled due to COVID-19.