Maselino Paulino: Samoa second row on trial at Scarlets

Maselino Paulino
Maselino Paulino made his international debut against New Zealand in 2008

Samoan international Maselino Paulino has joined Scarlets on trial with a view to a permanent deal.

The 27-year-old has won seven caps for Samoa but missed out on selection for the World Cup.

Paulino's arrival bolsters Scarlets' second row options following Richard Kelly's retirement and Jake Ball's Wales commitments.

"I feel that I have a lot to give to the game and I'm ready to take my game to the next level," Paulino said

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac described Paulino as an "exciting talent."

"We've been looking to bolster our second row options following Rich Kelly's career-ending injury and we're excited by what Maselino can bring to the group," Pivac said.

"He has international experience on the field but will be new to the daily routine of a professional environment."