Viliami Fihaki signs two-year deal with Edinburgh Rugby

Viliami Fihaki has joined Edinburgh from Sale Sharks. Pic: Getty

Viliami Fihaki has joined Edinburgh from Sale Sharks. Pic: Getty

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Edinburgh Rugby have signed Tongan international back row Viliami Fihaki on a two-year contract.

The 29-year-old has joined from Sale Sharks. Prior to his time with Sale, Fihaki played with New Zealand provincial side North Harbour for over four years in the ITM Cup.

He made his international debut for Tonga against Japan in May 2013 and now has eight Test caps for his country, with two tries to his credit.

Fihaki said: “I’m mainly a number 8 but I can play on the blindside too. I think my physicality will help the club, especially carrying the ball into contact.”

Through his involvement with previous clubs and his country, Fihaki is familiar with a number of his new team-mates at Edinburgh.

“I’ve played against a few of the squad – Nasi Manu back in New Zealand and Will Helu in the Premiership, though I’ve also played with him in the Tongan team. Of course I’ve played alongside Fowlesy [Nathan Fowles] at Sale and also with Phil Burleigh in a Chiefs development side.

“The move will be a great adventure for me and my family and I’m looking forward to getting involved.”

Edinburgh Rugby head coach Alan Solomons said: “We are delighted that Vili has signed for the club. He is a big, powerful ball carrier with international experience. I have no doubt that he will add huge value to the team.”