SARACENS have signed Samoan vice-captain Fa’atiga Lemalu on a short-term deal from Japanese Super Rugby side Sunwolves.
The lock-forward’s move to Allianz Park bolsters Sarries second-row options after it was confirmed that England international George Kruis will be ruled out for 12 weeks with a knee injury.
Lemalu made his full debut for Samoa against Tonga in 2012 and has won 18 caps for the Pacific Island nation.
He has also packed down in the back row in a career that has seen the New Zealand-born 27-year old play in Japan with the Munakata Sanix Blues in the Japanese Top League and latterly with the Sunwolves in Super Rugby.
“Fa’atiga is an international lock forward entering the prime of his career,” said Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall.
“With the unfortunate injury to George Kruis, we are very happy to have the opportunity to bring in a player of his ability into the set-up.
“It’s a new challenge for him and he is excited to have the chance to test himself in the Aviva Premiership and Champions Cup.”