Aironi sign Olivier, Keats and Orquera
June 1, 2011
Naas Olivier is on his way to Aironi © Getty Images
Aironi have bolstered their playing ranks for next season with a trio of halfback signings.
Cheetahs playmaker Naas Olivier will be joined at the Magners League franchise by Hurricanes scrum-half Tyson Keats and Italian international fly-half Luciano Orquera, who makes the switch after a spell in France with Brive.
Joining them in signing are three young prospects, including 22-year-old hooker Tommaso D'Apice, who played three league games for the franchise during this year's Six Nations.
D'Apice has signed from Rugby Roma, while fullback Ruggero Trevisan and flanker Filippo Ferrarini are on their way from Crociati Parma. D'Apice and Trevisan will be in action for Italy 'A' in the forthcoming Churchill Cup.
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