Glasgow Warriors have announced the signing of Italian international flanker Simone Favaro on a two-year contract from Benetton Treviso.
The 26-year-old will join the Pro12 side next season and has put pen-to-paper on a deal at Scotstoun until May 2017.
Favaro, who has 23 caps for Italy, has played 35 times for Benetton Treviso and has represented Aironi on 30 occasions. Prior to that he played for Rugby Rovigo and Crociati RFC in the Italian Super 10 league.
At the age of 20 he became the youngest player to be named in Nick Mallett's Italy squad for the 2009 Six Nations, before going on to make his debut against Australia on the tour that year.
Favaro scored his first try for his country in a 24-13 win over Samoa last November and is in the Italy squad for the Six Nations, with Scotland set to play Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday 28 February.
"I'm very excited about this opportunity to play overseas. I've played in Italy all of my career, so this is a new challenge for me," said Favaro.
"Glasgow Warriors are one of the top sides in the Pro12 and have performed well in Europe this season.
"I believe I can become an even better player working with the coaches in Glasgow and I'm looking forward to continuing my development in Scotland when I move there in the summer.
"At the moment my focus is on playing for my country in the Six Nations and then helping Benetton Treviso finish as high up the league as possible.”