Neil Briggs and Jamie Gibson agree deals with Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers have agreed deals to bring London Welsh hooker Neil Briggs and London Irish flanker Jamie Gibson to the club next season.
Briggs, 27, has spent most of his career at Sale Sharks but, since moving to the Kassam Stadium this season, he has been an almost ever-present with 15 appearances.
Gibson, 22, can play across the back row and has been involved with the England Saxons during their recent games against Ireland and Scotland.
With Tom Youngs and Rob Hawkins both under contract next season, the arrival of Briggs is likely to mean the end of George Chuter's lengthy spell at the club.
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It seems unfeasible that Tigers would keep four hookers for next season and Chuter is out of contract.
Gibson, who stands 6ft 5in, won a grand slam with England Under-18s as a youngster and, more recently, was called up to England's tour of South Africa last summer.
Tigers have already added Northampton Saints fly-half Ryan Lamb, Perpignan scrum-half David Mele and Mont de Marsan lock Sebastien de Chaves to their squad for next season.