Japan's Mafi signs for Rebels
Sydney - Powerful Japanese No 8 Amanaki
Mafi was on Thursday signed by the Melbourne Rebels for the next Super Rugby
The 26-year-old, who played for Japan at
the 2015 Rugby World Cup, scoring two tries, joins from NTT Communications Shining
Arcs in Japan's Top League.
"Amanaki will complement our back row
very well through his power game in the contact area," Rebels head coach
Tony McGahan said.
"As we saw at the World Cup, Amanaki
makes his presence felt whether he's starting the game or off the bench."
The 112-kilogramme Tonga-born No 8 has been
a standout player in Japan with selection in the All Japan Top League's Best XV
for the last two seasons.
"Super Rugby has been a long-term goal
and I can't wait to arrive and test my skills against the world's best
players," Mafi said.
"Melbourne is a great city and it will
be a privilege to be a part of the Rebels team."