Mike Ford is to join the coaching team at Leicester Tigers for the remainder of the 2018/19 season.
Former Great Britain rugby league international Ford has a wealth of coaching experience including spells in charge of Bath and Toulon, as defence coach with both Ireland and England, and with the British & Irish Lions.
Most recently he has worked in the USA and with the German national squad.
Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy said: “We know Mike well, I worked with him as a player when he was part of the coaching set-up with Ireland and he has a lot of experience at all levels of the game. He’s coming in for the rest of the season to add another experienced voice to the coaching group and has the full support of the coaches and backroom team.”