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Cardiff Blues bolster pack with the signing of Samoa forward Filo Paulo

Last Updated: 04/03/13 9:21am

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Filo Paulo: Made 26 appearances for Super Rugby side the Blues

Filo Paulo: Made 26 appearances for Super Rugby side the Blues

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Cardiff Blues have signed Samoan international Filo Paulo from Super Rugby side the Auckland Blues.

Born in Wellington, of Samoan heritage, Paulo has made 26 appearances for the Blues and also featured for North Harbour in the ITM Cup.

Paulo, who can play at lock or in the back row, was part of the Samoa team that defeated Wales in Cardiff last November and had a stint with Ulster early on in his career before returning to New Zealand.

"I am very excited to be joining Cardiff Blues," said the 24-year-old, who will arrive at the club later this month.

Grateful

"I know a lot of great players have worn the team's colours so I am extremely grateful to be offered this opportunity and I will be giving my all in order to meet the high standards set by my team-mates, the coaching staff and the supporters.

"Cardiff is a great city and the people are very friendly which will make the transition to Wales much easier.

"The dedicated fans and awesome game atmosphere are second to none so I am really looking forward to the challenge."

Cardiff director of rugby Phil Davies added: "Filo is only 24 years old and has played Super 15s for Auckland Blues and has played international rugby for Samoa.

"He is the right age profile and has an immaculate injury record, physically he is extremely fit.

"He will definitely add value to the current crop of back five players for us."

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