London Wasps hand deal to soldier Ricky Reeves
Wasps have signed Bedford Blues prop and member of the armed forces Ricky Reeves for next season.
Lance Corporal Reeves, 31, is part of the 33 Engineer Regiment bomb disposal unit and has served with the British Army in Afghanistan.
He has been given a sabbatical by the army to make the step up from Championship to Premiership rugby.
"We are looking forward to seeing what he can do at the top level," said Wasps boss Dai Young.
"Ricky is an experienced player who has been a key part of Bedford's excellent season this year and is very keen to be given a chance in the Premiership."
Lieutenant Colonel Eldon Millar, Reeves' commanding officer, said: "The qualities required of a Premiership rugby player epitomise those built into a Royal Engineer bomb disposal and search soldier - courage, discipline, respect and commitment.
"Reeves possesses these traits and hopefully they will develop further to the benefit of both parties."