London Irish have confirmed the signing of Samoa international Motu Matu’u from Aviva Premiership rivals Gloucester Rugby ahead of the 2018/19 season.
The 6ft hooker made his professional rugby debut with the provincial side Wellington in 2009 and graduated to Super Rugby side Hurricanes in 2012 and has played 45 times for them.
His consistent performances for Hurricanes earned him a place in the Samoan World Cup 2015 squad and overall has featured in 12 Tests including the clash against England that came in November last year.
The 31-year-old's debut in the English Premiership came in 2016 for Gloucester and now will move to the Exiles after making 46 appearances for the Kingsholm unit including the recently concluded European Challenge Cup final against Cardiff Blues.
“I’m really excited at the prospect of playing for London Irish,” said Matu’u, who today flew out to Fiji to join up with the rest of the Samoan squad ahead of this summer’s Pacific Nations Cup.
“The Championship is a very physical competition and I’m looking forward to the challenge of helping London Irish win the Championship and ensure an immediate return to the Premiership.”
Meanwhile, London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney is delighted with the signing of Matu'u.
“Motu is a player who brings a wealth of experience to the club having played internationally for Samoa as well as spending five seasons in Super Rugby with the Hurricanes.
“I’m very pleased that he’s decided to move to London Irish and we look forward to welcoming him to the club this summer.”