THE Scarlets have signed up a South Sea Island giant in a bid to bulk up their pack.
Tongan international second-row Sione Timani has signed a two-year contract with the West Wales region.
The 26-year-old, who played for Carmarthen Quins in the Premiership last season, is a huge man at 6ft 5ins and near 19st.
Scarlets head coach Nigel Davies said: “Sione brings physicality and a real presence to our second-row options and bulk which you need in the pack to complement what we have in our group already.
“He’s a great acquisition for us in terms of the balance of our pack. He’s got a lot to bring, adding a different dimension to our forwards – with plenty of scope to develop more from being within our set-up.
“We’re confident he will strengthen further as player once within our system.
“He’s also shown he’s a very committed and loyal player and puts in the graft on the pitch and that he’s looking to score tries as well. We are delighted he has joined us and look forward to his contribution to the group next season.”
Timani, who has had playing spells in New Zealand and Japan, has been capped three times by Tonga, including a try-scoring display against England Saxons in the Churchill Cup earlier this month.
The father-of-two, who is the brother of Waratahs’ lock Sitaleki Timani, was one of the stand-out players in the Premiership last season and is looking forward to joining the Scarlets.
“This is a great opportunity for me to play for such a respected and well-known club and I hope to fit in well with the group and the players,” he said.
“The Scarlets are a fresh side full of ambition and obviously have a philosophy to give the younger players a chance, which appeals a lot to me.
“They play some great rugby and I’m looking forward to being part of the team.”