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Six more commit to Welsh

Taione Vea, Ricky Reeves, Shane Cahill, Jack Gilding, Nathan Taylor and Jimmy Litchfield have joined Aviva Premiership new boys London Welsh.

The sextet, all front-row players, take the club's list of signings this week alone to 10 as they look to build a squad capable of avoiding another relegation fight.

Tonga international tighthead prop Vea joins from London Wasps, as does loosehead Reeves who is a Lance Corporal in the 33 Engineer Regiment bomb disposal unit.

Loosehead Cahill spent two seasons at Rotherham Titans before joining Cornish Pirates in 2013, where he made 13 appearances last season.

Gilding, another tighthead option, joins Welsh after spending the last two seasons at Italian club Viadana and hooker Taylor spent last year helping Hartpury College win National League Two.

Litchfield is another product of Hartpury who has also played for Gloucester United in the Aviva Premiership A League.

Welsh coach Justin Burnell said: "What's exciting about all six of these new signings is that they may have different levels of experience but they all fit in to what part of London Welsh is about.

"They all possess that same determination, resilience, team spirit and ethos which has proved so critical to the team's success this past season. They're also quite big, physical, boys.

"The demands of the Premiership compared to the Championship are going to be huge so strength in depth absolutely paramount to us. Therefore we are still actively looking to recruit more players."