Scarlets sign Tongan wing Viliame Iongi

Viliame Iongi
Iongi featured in three games for Tonga at the World Cup

The Scarlets have signed Tonga utility back Viliame Iongi on a long-term contract.

Iongi has won nine caps for Tonga and represented his country at the World Cup in New Zealand.

The 22-year-old has played at full-back and centre as well as on the wing for Tonga and is expected to arrive in Wales in early November

"It's a great opportunity for me and as my first professional rugby contract," said Iongi.

"I'm now going to get the chance to play in Europe and hope the way I play will fit in well with their style.

"I'm looking forward to being part of such a professional set-up and will give it everything I can. The Scarlets play great rugby and I'm looking forward to being part of the team."

Iongi has also been capped by Tonga at Under-20 level and has also played for the Brumbies Academy Team in Canberra.

He will link-up with fellow Tongan Sione Timani, who joined the Scarlets in June and head coach Nigel Davies said he was delighted with Iongi's signing.

"He is certainly an exciting prospect for us and his attacking ability will fit in with the style and brand of rugby we seek to play," said Davies.

"He's impressed with his pace and will provide us with some new options."