Transfer News: Wasps confirm the arrival of powerhouse prop
Wasps have confirmed that Georgian international front rower Zurabi Zhvania will join the club ahead of the 2018/19 season.
The 26-year-old arrives in Coventry after six seasons with Stade Francais. He moved to France from Georgian club Aia Kutaisi as a 19-year-old in 2011 and has since made 100 senior appearances for the Paris-based Top 14 outfit.
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During the 125kg loose head’s time at the Stade Jean Bouin his club lifted the domestic title in 2015 and won the European Challenge Cup two years later.
Director of rugby David Young said: “We have been tracking Zura for a couple of seasons and are really pleased to finally get him on board.
“He is an experienced player despite still being in his mid-20’s, who I expect to bring plenty to our front row.
Zhavania made his international debut in 2013, since when he has won 34 caps and scored ten tries as part of Georgia’s renowned powerhouse pack.
Zhavania said: “I’m hugely excited to be joining Wasps and playing in the English Premiership over the next few seasons.
“I have big ambitions in the game and I believe I can achieve these with Wasps both at Premiership and European level.
“They play a very attractive style of rugby which I believe suits my game and will bring out the best in me.
He will become the fifth Georgian to appear in the Premiership, and the third front-row forward following Sale’s Shavla Mamukashvili and Worcester hooker Jaba Bregvadze.