NOTTINGHAM Rugby can confirm that Fiji international
prop Campese Ma'afu has signed with the RFU Championship club for
the 2013/14 season.
CAMPO: Fijian prop Campese Ma'afu in action for
the Cardiff Blues. The 28-year-old has signed with Nottingham for
2013/14 season. PIC: Courtesy of Cardiff Blues.
Ma'afu, 28, joins the Meadow Lane outfit from the Cardiff Blues,
boasts one of the most iconic names in world rugby having been
christened after Australian legend David Campese.
The similarities between the 183cm, 118kg Australian-born
forward and his celebrated Wallaby namesake stops there.
Nottingham head coach Martin Haag, who has developed an exciting
brand of rugby and guided the East Midlands club to the play-off
semi-finals in his first term in charge, is delighted to bolster
the pack with the powerfully built prop.
"Ma'afu is a very physical player, great scrummager and is
hungry to develop his game further," Haag said.
"He suits the way we want to play and has all the skills to
complement the game plan we have in place here.
"At the age of 28 he also brings a good amount of experience
from both the Southern and Northern Hemisphere having played
extensively in Australia before moving to the Pro12 competition
Sydney-born Ma'afu, who featured for West Harbour in the
powerful New South Wales Shute Shield in Australia before moving to
Cardiff, is a versatile forward who specialises as a loosehead and
comes in to replace London Irish-bound prop Matt Parr.
Ma'afu, who has played 14 times for Fiji, is the younger brother
of Northampton-bound Australian prop Salesi. The pair made their
international debuts against eachother in 2010.
George David Campese Ma'afu
Born: Sydney, Australia.
Honours: Fiji (14 caps)
Former clubs: Cardiff Blues (Pro12), West
Harbour (Shute Shield, Australia)
Notable relatives: Salesi Ma'afu,
Northampton-bound Australian prop.