Wales prop John Yapp joins London Irish

London Irish have announced the season-long loan signing of Edinburgh Rugby prop John Yapp.

Welshman Yapp, 31, has won 21 caps for Wales and was in their 2005 Grand Slam-winning squad.

The loosehead made more than 100 appearances for Cardiff Blues before signing for Edinburgh, for whom he made 23 appearances last season.

"His power, knowledge and tenacity will really strengthen our front row," said Exiles director of rugby Brian Smith.

Yapp had signed a two-year contract with the Scottish club last summer.

Edinburgh managing director David Davies added: "I'd like to thank John Yapp for this commitment to the club last season.

"He's been a great guy to have around and we wish him and his family all the best."