Edinburgh have announced that they have secured the signing of Fijian Sevens star- Mesulame Kunavula on a long-term deal.

The  23 year old, can operate across the back-five and is equally adept at both flanker and lock.

He links up with his team-mates immediately as they prepare for the 2019/20 season and joins directly from the Fijian Sevens squad.

On signing, Kunavula said that he is delighted to start the next chapter of his career in Edinburgh and Viliame Mata]is a good friend of his has told him so much about the club and life in Scotland.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time on the Sevens circuit, but I felt it was the right time to move abroad and develop my own game further. The facilities in Edinburgh are world class and I’m only going to improve as a player.

Head coach Richard Cockerill added that Mesu really stood out during his time representing Fiji on the Sevens circuit and his ability to beat a man, as well as offload in the tackle, are really world-class.

Born in Tailevu – the same village in which Fijian team-mate Mata was raised – the 6ft 3in playmaker joined the police force while representing Fiji U20 in the early stages of his career.

Kunavula made his World Rugby Sevens Series debut at the 2016 Dubai leg where Fiji finished runners-up after falling short against South Africa in the final.

The back-row was named in the Fiji Sevens squad for the 2018 Commonwealth Games held on Australia’s Gold Coast and finished the tournament with a silver medal as the South Sea Islanders were pipped by New Zealand.

Kunavula was a key man as Fiji finished the 2018/19 Sevens Series in first place, winning five out of 10 tournaments.

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