Leeds Carnegie have signed winger James Tincknell from National Division One side Wharfedale on a short-term basis.
The 21-year-old switched sports from cricket last season, scoring 15 tries from 19 starts, and will tour Canada with the England Counties XV in June.
Leeds director of rugby Andy Key said: "James has all the physical attributes to be a success at the top level.
"You only need to look at Matt Banahan and David Strettle to see talent is out there at clubs outside the top flight."
Tincknell is a former Durham academy cricketer who decided to try his hand at rugby for the first time since school last season and joined Wharfedale.
It was at the club that Leeds' academy manager Diccon Edwards spotted him.
"Wharfedale have done a fantastic job with James to get him back playing the game and helping him to develop to a position whereby we feel he is ready for the next step up and they deserve a lot of credit for that," Key continued.
"James will report for pre-season training with the rest of the squad and I am looking forward to seeing how he progresses."