Wasps have signed 28-year-old Australian hooker Nathan Charles on a three-month contract as injury cover.

Charles, who won four caps for the Wallabies in 2014, has recently had spells at Bath and Clermont, having spent most of his career playing for the Western Force, where he made 83 appearances.

Speaking about the short-term signing, Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “We are pleased to be able to bring a player of Nathan’s abilities into the squad to bolster our options at hooker.

“With Tommy Taylor and Tom Cruse both side-lined, we have been short on experience and availability in that position and Nathan’s addition provides us with some needed back up in such a key area.

“I’m sure Nathan will add a lot to this group with his physicality and ability around the park, as well as at the set piece. We’re looking forward to him joining up with the rest of the squad this week.”