British & Irish Lions and Scotland lock Nathan Hines will play for reigning Heineken Cup champions Leinster for ar least the the next two seasons.
Hines had spent the last four seasons in Perpignan and has made 44 games Heineken Cup appearances - 25 for Edinburgh and 19 for the French champions. The Australian-born forward will stay with the Irish province until at least 2011 and will meet up with his 2009 Lions team-mates Brian O'Driscoll, Rob Kearney, Luke Fitzgerald, Jamie Heaslip and Gordon D'Arcy.
The 32-year-old Hines is set to play in the back row in place of the departed Rocky Elsom, Hines packing down at blindside flanker for the Lions in the 20-8 win over Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth last month.
Hines played no part in Perpignan's Top 14 Orange final win because ofthe Lions Tour but will now be a major force in Leinster's Heineken Cup defence when they clash with Brive, London Irish and Scarlets in Pool 6 of the 15th season of European club rugby's premier tournament.
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