Plymouth Albion sign Fijian international Rupeni Nasiga

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Rupeni Nasiga relishing Plymouth Albion deal

Plymouth Albion have signed 26-year-old Fiji international lock Rupeni Nasiga on a one-year deal.

Nasiga has won 11 caps for his country and played twice for Fiji at last year's World Cup in New Zealand.

"I was keen to secure a contract playing professional rugby," Nasiga told BBC South West Sport.

The deal is a first foray into the full-time game for Nasiga who has previously spent a year in New Zealand playing semi-professionally.

"Island people like running rugby and some physical games and since I play lock, and used to play in the loose as well, I'm used to playing both types of game," Nasiga added.

Albion boss Nat Saumi knows Nasiga from Fiji, where he was working as a farmer before moving to England.

He believes the lock will play an important role in the club's quest to improve on last season's 11th place in the Championship.

"With the type of rugby I want to play at the club he's the one that will push it along," he said.

"Joining Aaron and Sean (Canadian internationals Aaron Carpenter and Sean-Michael Stephen), they've all played in World Cups and also with the level that he's been playing he'll raise the standard of our Championship players.

"We knew each other at home and I asked him if he wanted to join and he said he would like to come as he has nothing better to do at home as he is a farmer."