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Campese signs for Nottingham Rugby

NOTTINGHAM Rugby can confirm that Fiji international prop Campese Ma'afu has signed with the RFU Championship club for the 2013/14 season.

Ma'afu Blues

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 last year."

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

H: 184cm

W: 118kg

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.


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