So'oialo heads to Ireland
Samoan international James So'oialo has joined Connacht on a two-year deal, the Irish outfit have confirmed.
The utility-back, who is the younger brother for former All Black Rodney So'oialo, joins Connacht from Wellington Norths.
"James is a superb utility back who can play all positions but half back. He can kick goals from up to 60 metres out and I'm sure with the Galway wind, we will see him kick from even further out," coach Pat Lam told Connacht's official website.
"To have someone in our squad with so much versatility and who can kick goals from that distance is a real weapon in our armoury.
"James will join us for the pre-season straight from his summer duties with Samoa and I'm looking forward to catching up with him then."
The signing of So'oialo rounds out Connacht's recruitment for the season and chief executive Tom Sears admits he's very happy with the players that have been brought in.
"James is an international class player and someone Pat knows very well and has coached previously. From the outset Pat was very keen to get James to Connacht and identified him as a player who could be a real asset to us, so we are delighted that we have been able to bring him in," said Sears.
"We have now filled all our non-Irish eligible positions and have a full quota of special project players with the recent signing of Jake Heenan. We are very excited about the quality and potential of the players we have been able to add to the squad and with the prospect of another season of Heineken Cup rugby to look forward to next season promises to be a hugely exciting one."
Connacht incoming players 2013/14: Sean Henry, James Rael, Dave Heffernan (Connacht Academy), Craig Clarke, Aly Muldowney, Danny Qualter (Connacht Academy), Jake Heenan, Aaron Conneely (Connacht Academy), Craig Ronaldson, Fionn Carr, James So'oialo