Connacht have added to their recruitment for 2021/22 with the signing of loosehead prop Tietie Tuimauga.
The 28-year old joins from New Zealand side Manawatu and earned two caps with the Samoan National Team during the summer, featuring against the Maori All Blacks and Tonga.
Tuimauga will link up with the squad in the coming weeks with a view to being available for selection later in 2021.
Commenting on the signing, Head Coach Andy Friend said: “It’s no secret we’ve been exploring further options at loosehead following Denis Buckley’s long-term injury, so we are really pleased to welcome Tietie to Connacht. We now have strong cover across all of our front row, which is a good place to be, and with Tietie’s experience he’ll offer us something different. We now have a Pro squad of 44 plus a number of integrated Academy players, so I’m really pleased with the group we have assembled. Our sole focus now is on building on last week’s win when we face the Dragons on Saturday.”