Ospreys have announced the signing of Fijian international Tevita Cavubati until the end of the season.
The 27-year-old Tasman Makos second row will provide some much needed cover in the pack, with Lloyd Peers and De Kock Steenkamp both sidelined through long-term injuries that have left Alun Wyn Jones and Rynier Bernardo as the only front line locks available to Steve Tandy.
Cavubati, who met up with his new team-mates at Llandarcy Academy of Sport for the first time this week, made a huge impression for his country against Wales in Cardiff last month in a close fought game that was just edged by the hosts.
“This is a great opportunity for me and I’m really excited and looking forward to it,” said Cavubati.
“Having played against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in November I know what quality players there are at the Ospreys and how Welsh supporters get behind their team.
“This is a busy time of year in the Pro12 so hopefully I’ll settle in quickly and be able to play a part for the team.”
Born in Suva, his father is ‘Big Bill’ Cavubati, a Hurricanes prop who played 27 times for Fiji between 1995 and 2005. He has played for Tasman Makos since 2012, helping them to this year’s ITM Cup Final where they lost to Taranaki.