Gavin Hickie, a former Irish international at under-19, under-21 and A level, will join Leicester Tigers in the summer after agreeing a two-year deal with the double Heineken Cup champions.

The 25 year-old hooker has a wealth of big-match experience having played for Leinster in the Celtic League and Heineken Cup between 2001 and 2004.

He joins Heineken Cup quarter-finalists Tigers from Worcester Warriors. Hickie will join former Leinster player Shane Jennings at Leicester.  

The No. 2 has represented Ireland A and made nearly 50 appearances for Leinster in the Heineken Cup and Celtic League.

Hickie says he is looking forward to having the backing of the Welford Road faithful and is familiar with the atmosphere created by Leicester’s fans. He played at the ground for Leinster in the Heineken Cup when he came face to face with Cockerill and started for Worcester in the Guinness Premiership last month.