Worcester Warriors are set to unveil Tongan international prop Ofa Fainga’anuku as the replacement for departing loosehead Matt Mullan.
The 30-year-old will join from Glasgow at the end of the season and brings with him the experience of playing both codes and on both sides of the equator.
The powerful front-rower made his Test debut as a replacement against the USA in June 2011 and picked up his second cap against Tonga a year later. Since then he has been at Glasgow where he has played 11 games for the Warriors, including two in the Heineken Cup, making two starts.
Fainga’anuku started out in rugby league, but switched to union and was picked up by the Waratahs. He has also played Australian club rugby with Eastern Suburbs.
He originally signed for the Rabo Direct Pro12 outfit until the end of January, but his temporary contract with the Warriors was extended until the end of the 2012/13 season.
And Richard Hill brings him to Sixways expecting him to make an immediate impact following the loss of Mullan to London Wasps,
Fainga’anuku is the second loosehead in a week to be brought to the club and follows Cornish Pirates youngster Paul Andrew, whose move was also exclusively revealed by the Birmingham Post.