Otago have signed lock Italy international lock Josh Furno for the upcoming season, alongside local product Tom Rowe.
Furno has played 37 tests for the Italian national team and has been playing for Zebre in the Pro12 in Europe.
Prior to that, he played for Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership.
”I’m delighted to be joining Otago ahead of the upcoming Mitre 10 campaign” said Furno.
”I know it’s a very strong competition and I have always wanted to play rugby in New Zealand so this move represents a fantastic opportunity to test myself against the very best.
”I am looking forward to meeting my new teammates and the coaching staff. I will be working hard to show the team’s supporters my best rugby and to help the team achieve our goals this season.”