Edinburgh Sign Fiji Sevens Star
PRO14 side Edinburgh have announced that they have secured the signing of Fijian Sevens star Mesulame Kunavula on a long-term deal.
Kunavula, 23, can operate across the back-five and is equally adept at both flanker and lock.
He links up with his team-mates immediately as they prepare for the 2019/20 season and joins directly from the Fijian Sevens squad.
On signing, Kunavula said: “I’m delighted to start the next chapter of my career in Edinburgh. Viliame [Mata] is a good friend of mine and he has told me so much about the club and life in Scotland.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time on the Sevens circuit, but I felt it was the right time to move abroad and develop my own game further. The facilities in Edinburgh are world class and I’m only going to improve as a player.
“I’m really looking forward to getting involved in pre-season and representing this club for the years to come.”
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Head coach Richard Cockerill added: “Mesu really stood out during his time representing Fiji on the Sevens circuit and his ability to beat a man, as well as offload in the tackle, are really world-class.
“We have been looking at adding players who offer something different – that bit of x-factor – and I certainly think Mesu brings that dynamic to an already talented squad.
“Like Bill before him, we’re really looking forward to seeing how he can develop in a 15s environment and we’re really hopeful that he can be a big player for us in the seasons to come.”