Leinster have announced the signing of Wallaby Owen Finegan on a one-year deal from Newcastle Falcons.
Finegan won the World Cup in 1999 with Australia
"Owen's experience and knowledge of the game, coupled with his no-nonsense approach to rugby, will be of huge benefit," said coach Michael Cheika.
"His leadership influence on a strong group of young back rows and locks will also be invaluable."
Finegan joined the Falcons in the summer of 2005, and boasts considerable experience at Test and Super 12 level.