Worcester Warriors sign Samoan back row Ezra Taylor
Worcester Warriors have signed Samoa international back row Ezra Taylor.
The 28-year-old has played for the Highlanders and Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby competition and had a spell with Connacht in the Magners League.
Australia-born Taylor, who can also play at lock, comes in following injuries to Kai Horstmann, Adam Balding, Neil Best and Matt Kvesic.
"We had looked at Ezra over the summer with a view to recruiting him in the future," head coach Richard Hill said.
"Phil Davies and I both really liked the look of him at the Pacific Nations Cup for Samoa. We wanted a powerful player to add to our back row as we have come across, and continue to face, some big players this season.
"He has a strong rugby CV, having featured for the Reds, Highlanders and Connacht, and will add a real level of physicality to the squad," Hill told BBC Hereford & Worcester.
"Ezra will join us in the coming weeks and there is a good chance he could be involved against Leicester Tigers."
Although born in Brisbane, Taylor was raised in New Zealand and featured for Otago in the 2006 Air New Zealand Cup before joining the Highlanders the following year.
He moved to the Reds in 2009, playing in 14 games over two seasons, and on to Connacht last season.