Worcester have added Darren Morris to their squad less than 24 hours after Leicester Tigers announced that the 31-year-old Wales prop would be released from Welford Road at the end of this season.

Morris made more than 70 appearances for the Tigers, and scored two tries. He has won 18 caps for Wales and toured Australia with the British & Irish Lions in 2001.

"It's a great challenge for me joining up with Worcester and I was extremely encouraged when I met up with the coaching staff and management at the club," he said. "Worcester have real ambition and it's good to be part of that."

John Brain, Worcester's director of rugby, wasted no time in snapping him up on a two-year deal that keeps Morris at Sixways until 2008.

"We are very pleased with this signing. Darren's ability on both sides of the scrum will greatly add to our depth of resources at prop," said Brain. "I'm sure that he'll be keen to secure a starting berth in our team."

Morris joins Tongan prop Tevita Taumoepeau in committing his immediate future to the Warriors. Taumoepeau has agreed a new two-year deal, while Wales international Chris Horsman is expected to be fit for pre-season after undergoing ankle surgery.