Samoan international back Alapati Leiua will arrive at Bristol at the end of the season, joining from Premiership pace-setters Wasps, who are firm favourites in the Paddy Power rugby union odds.
The powerful centre has made 30 appearances for the Ricoh Arena outfit and is Bristol’s first confirmed new signing ahead of 2017/18.
“We’re delighted to beat off interest from a number of clubs and capture Alapati’s signing. He’s a robust midfielder who can play in a number of positions in the backline. He’s versatile, with excellent hands and acceleration,” coach Mark Tainton told Bristol’s website.
“Alapati was a standout performer for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby and made a similar impact in his first season with Wasps – he will be a fantastic addition to the Bristol Rugby squad.”
Leiua made his international debut versus Scotland in 2013, earning 11 caps for Samoa so far.
He said: “I’m hugely excited about the prospect of joining Bristol Rugby – an ambitious club with a passionate supporter base. When I spoke to the club about their vision going forward and the tight-knit culture that they are striving to create, it was an easy decision for me to make.
“There’s something special happening at Bristol and I am looking forward to being a part of that journey. For the remainder of the campaign, I’m committed to Wasps and helping the team achieve their goals.”