Bristol have confirmed the signing of scrum-half Alby Mathewson, who arrives at the club with immediate effect.
The All-Black international, who has four caps for New Zealand, joins Mark Tainton’s squad until the end of the 2016/17 campaign.
Mathewson has spent nine years in Super Rugby, representing the Hurricanes, Blues and – most recently – Western Force.
"Alby has vast experience – over 130 Super Rugby caps– so we’re looking forward to welcoming him into our environment," head coach Mark Tainton told bristolrugby.co.uk.
"He’s a good communicator and has performed consistently at the highest level during his career. It’s a crucial period in the Premiership for Bristol and we believe Alby’s introduction will sharpen our performances at the business end of the campaign."
The 31 year-old joins Will Cliff, Rhodri Williams, Martin Roberts and Academy product Andy Uren as Bristol’s scrum half options.
Commenting on the move, Mathewson said: "It’s an exciting prospect to play in the Premiership and to represent Bristol – a team that is clearly on the up and playing with confidence.
"There’s a solid plan and structure in place here. Bristol know where they need to be and what they need to do to stay up. Everybody has bought into that culture and I’m fully committed to playing my part in helping the club achieve their goals this season."