Cardiff Blues have signed former second row Filo Paulo until the end of the season in order to bulk up the second row.
The 32-year-old has been without a club since leaving London Irish last season, but is en route to Cardiff and will be available for selection when John Mulvihill chooses his matchday 23 to take on Pau at home the weekend after next.
He of course represented Manu Samoa, alongside new club team-mate Rey Lee-Lo, at the Rugby World Cup over the summer, playing against Russia, Scotland and Ireland as he took his international caps tally to 37.
Paulo spent just over two seasons at the Arms Park in his first stint, joining part-way through the 2012/13 campaign and amassing 54 appearances in all competitions until he left in the summer of 2015.
Since then he has played 37 times in two seasons at Benetton, before turning out 30 times for London Irish as he helped them to an immediate return to the Gallagher Premiership after relegation is his first season.
Speaking to the Cardiff Blues official website, John Mulvihill said, “We’re really happy to welcome Filo into the squad. He was a really popular member within the squad during his first period here and he’ll be an important addition, especially with the season set to intensify over the next couple of months.
“He’s a big man who can add some bulk to our options in the second row and we’re looking forward to seeing his contributions both on and off the field. He’s very excited to return here. He really enjoyed his time here before moving to Italy and we’re hoping he can bring his recent experiences from the World Cup to become a useful player for us between now and the end of the season.”