Bristol Bears have announced the signing of “world class” winger Semi Radradra on a three-year deal from next season.
The Fiji star made the move from the National Rugby League in Australia in 2016 and has enjoyed spells at Toulon and Bordeaux.
During his time in the Australian NRL, Radradra was named Dally M winger of the year for two seasons in a row, scoring 82 tries in 94 games for Parramatta Eels.
More recently, he was one of the eye-catching performers for Fiji at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The 27-year-old averaged 100 metres a game and scored a brace of tries in the Pool game against Georgia.
“There is no doubt that Semi is one of the best players in the world – he’s truly a world class performer and we are so excited about what he can do for the team,” said Director of Rugby Pat Lam.
“Every top club across both codes on the planet wanted him, so for Bristol to be able to bring in a player of his quality underlines the fantastic work that the club is doing. Semi has clarity about our vision and knows what the club want to achieve. As a person and a player, he is perfect for our culture which places an emphasis on community and high performance.
“I got to know Semi well at the Barbarians and we were blown away by his professionalism and dedication. He is world class because of the relentless work and preparation he puts into his game, day in day out. It’s no surprise that he has taken the World Cup and French Top 14 by storm – Semi is the ultimate professional.”
Meanwhile Radradra described Bristol as one of the most exciting teams in Europe at the moment.
“I’m looking forward to coming to the Premiership and to be playing under Pat Lam at Bristol Bears. They are one of the most exciting teams in Europe right now and the way that they are doing things is making everybody take notice.
“I visited the world class facilities at Ashton Gate and saw the progress of the new training ground – it’s a fantastic club to be joining with a bright future ahead. I can’t wait to get started and contributing to the Bristol Bears vision.”