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Lyle makes Leicester switch

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The 32-year-old, who has won 41 caps for his country, was listed as a Leicester Tiger when USA Rugby announced their 30-man Rugby World Cup squad Tuesday and was reported to have trained with the Midlands side on the same day.

The club, who won four consecutive Premiership titles between 1999 and 2002, have now confirmed his arrival making him Leicester’s fifth international signing of recent months, following in the footsteps of Julian White, Darren Morris, Daryl Gibson and Ramiro Pez.

Lyle first arrived in England in 1997 to join Bath as a relatively unknown entity from the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club in the US.

He was one of the lynchpins behind Bath Rugby's victorious 1997/98 Heineken Cup campaign, appearing regularly in both the second and back rows.

Lyle made his international debut against Ireland in 1994 and gained captaincy of the Eagles during their 1996 tour to Wales.

After being made Bath captain for the 2001/02 season, Lyle experienced testing times as the once all-conquering West Country side flirted with relegation, missing the drop narrowly last season.

Leicester are expected to announce a further international signing later on Wednesday.

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