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Leicester Tigers sign Skivington

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England Saxons captain George Skivington will join Leicester Tigers from London Wasps at the end of the 2009/10 season.

The 27-year-old second-rower has played more than 125 times for Wasps since making his debut in 2003 and has captained England Saxons during the last two seasons.

At 6ft 6in tall and weighing around 18 stones, Skivington has established himself as an integral part of the Wasps line-up both at the set-piece and in his workrate around the pitch.

Leicester Tigers head coach Richard Cockerill said: "The second row is an area we have been looking at, especially as Richard Blaze has been out with long-term injury.

"George will certainly add to our strength in that area. He is a player who thrives on his work around the pitch, he is very competitive on the pitch and his leadership qualities have been recognised with the England Saxons captaincy in the last couple of seasons.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him working in this environment and I'm sure he will make his mark with Leicester Tigers."