London Irish sign Scotland A star Sean Kennedy on month-long loan

Sean Kennedy is expected to go straight into the Exiles’ squad to face Wasps in the LV= Cup on Saturday

London Irish have signed Edinburgh’s Sean Kennedy on a month-long loan to solve their injury problems at scrum-half.

The 22-year-old Scotland A international is expected to go straight into the Exiles’ squad to face Wasps in the LV= Cup on Saturday – and should also feature in the same tournament against Scarlets a week later.

This is an excellent opportunity for Sean to get back up to speed with some game time at an elite level

Alan Solomons

With Pat Phibbs and Darren Allinson sidelined, Irish were forced to use academy product Ed Hoadley as back-up to Tomás O’Leary at scrum-half in their 49-0 win over I Cavalieri Prato in the Amlin Challenge Cup on Saturday, with the 19-year-old replacing O’Leary at half-time with the score at 28-0.

Rather than risk injury to O’Leary in the cup with crucial Aviva Premiership fixtures to come against Saracens and Wasps next month, the former Munster player will benefit from a break with experienced cover coming in and the rising stock of Hoadley.

Kennedy is in need of matches after returning from a knee injury sustained in the autumn.

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons said: “This is an excellent opportunity for Sean to get back up to speed with some game time at an elite level with the view to returning to us in a month’s time firing on all cylinders.”

Kennedy, who recently signed a new contract with the capital club until 2016, was one of Glasgow’s elite development group of players and a part of the Sevens circuit, but moved to Edinburgh for season 2012/2013 before being loaned back to solve an injury crisis for the west of Scotland club.

His impressive performances for the Warriors and then Edinburgh led to a call up to Scotland’s training camp for the 2013 Six Nations and a place in the Scotland A side which defeated the England Saxons at Kingston Park.

Kennedy began the Pro12 season for Edinburgh in place of Edinburgh captain Greig Laidlaw, who was injured in pre-season against Newcastle Falcons.

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