The Cornish Pirates have reacted quickly to arrange scrum-half cover for injured club captain Gavin Cattle by signing Junior Poluleuligaga on a short term loan deal from Exeter Chiefs.
The 31-year-old New Zealand-born Samoan international joined Exeter in 2010 having previously played for Harlequins, Toulon and Waikato Chiefs.
Cornish Pirates CEO, Rod Coward, spoke with reference to the signing of Poluleuligaga. He said: "To have the on-going, professional relationship with Exeter Chiefs that allows us to be able to approach them when injuries occur to key players and for us to get such a prompt response is hugely beneficial.
"We are confident that Junior will provide excellent cover at scrum-half during his time at the Pirates."
Rob Baxter, Chiefs head coach, added: "With Will Chudley coming in and doing so well; Haydn Thomas back from injury and Kevin Barrett also going well, an opportunity has arisen for Junior to get some extended game time to play what we believe is high level rugby.
"It's a fantastic opportunity for Junior, and we feel it's just what he needs right now because it can be difficult for scrum-halves and fly-halves, your kind of touch players in the team, to come in and out of sides if they are not playing regularly."