Exiles sign Samoan back-row Treviranus
November 23, 2011
Treviranus on the charge against the Boks © Getty Images
London Irish have bolstered their back-row resources with the signing of Samoan Ofisa Treviranus.
The 27-year-old Samoan joins until February 2012 with the view of extending his contract through to the end of the 2014 season. Treviranus has 22 caps for Samoa and following his debut in Japan 2009 has also turned out for the Samoan Sevens side in their charge to IRB World Sevens Series glory in 2010. And following a World Cup where he played three of Samoa's four games, Exiles coach Toby Booth moved quickly to secure his man.
"I was impressed with the way Ofisa performed in the World Cup against challenging opposition," Booth said. "He is able to play in all three back row positions. He carries the ball like a number 8 and plays defensively as an openside flanker in the way he is hard over the ball."
And Treviranus is looking forward to lining up alongside some familiar faces in the Exiles side. He said: "I have heard a lot of good things from the Samoan boys who have played for London Irish, and I'm looking forward to joining Sailosi Tagicakibau in the squad. I'm keen now to take my career to the next level by playing with the Exiles."
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