Cardiff Blues sign Vosawai

  • Last Updated: May 8 2014, 9:58 BST

Cardiff Blues have signed 30-year-old Italy back-row forward Manoa Vosawai from Treviso.

Manoa Vosawai: Joins Cardiff next season
Manoa Vosawai: Joins Cardiff next season

The Fiji-born No 8 will move to the Blues from their RaboDirect PRO12 rivals this summer.

New Zealand lock Jarrad Hoeata, Exeter prop Craig Mitchell, Scarlets flanker Josh Turnbull, Gloucester scrum-half Tavis Knoyle, Bristol wing George Watkins and Dragons back row Ieuan Jones have already agreed summer moves to the Arms Park.

"We are delighted to be in a position to now confirm, after much speculation, that Manoa will join the Blues next season," Blues chief executive Richard Holland said after acquiring the 14-times capped Vosawai.

"He is the latest addition to the exciting squad we are building for next year and beyond. Manoa is keen to make a huge impression in Wales, and we would like to thank the WRU for its support over this signing.

"We will now complete the visa process as we prepare to welcome Manoa to Blues in the coming months."

Vosawai said: "Treviso have been there for me through thick and thin, and have nurtured me into the rugby player I am today. I will miss being part of the family in Treviso and Benetton rugby.

"Now there's a new page in my life and I am grateful that Richard Holland and his team has given me the opportunity to be part of the Cardiff Blues family.

"Cardiff are a top side with rich heritage and tradition in rugby and I know that they will bring out the best in me. It is an exciting time for me and I'm looking forward to putting on the Blues jersey next season at the Arms Park."