Edinburgh sign Solomoni Junior Rasolea for next season

Solomoni Junior Rasolea playing for Western Force against Queensland Reds
Solomoni Junior Rasolea playing for Western Force against Queensland Reds

Edinburgh have signed Australian centre Solomoni Junior Rasolea on a two-year deal.

Rasolea will join the Pro12 club in time for next season from Super Rugby side Western Force.

The 24-year-old has played for Australia Sevens and previously represented Fiji at Under-20 level.

"I am really excited about arriving in Edinburgh and getting stuck into northern hemisphere rugby next season," Rasolea said.

"I have heard great things about the Pro12 and am looking forward to joining up with the lads in the summer.

"I hope that my knowledge of Super Rugby will be a positive influence on the squad and it will be great to share playing ideas.

"I really enjoy getting my hands on the ball and enjoy the physical side of the game. It's also going to be great to play with and against players from different playing backgrounds.

"Edinburgh is a beautiful city and it's going to be a great experience for my family. My wife is from the UK and so she has explained about the weather."

Head coach Alan Solomons has already made several signings for season 2016-17, including Ulster wing Rory Scholes and two Glasgow Warriors players - full-back Glenn Bryce and fly-half Duncan Weir.

And Solomons said: "Junior is a talented young player who has established himself this season as a starter for the Western Force Super Rugby team.

"I am delighted that he has decided to join the club and have no doubt that he will play an important role in moving the club forward."