Former Toulon prop Ma’afu to join Cardiff Blues

Salesi Ma'afu was was handed a suspended four-month prison sentence in November

Welsh Pro 12 Rugby club Cardiff Blues have signed former Australian international prop Salesi Ma’afu who left French Top 14 Giants Toulon by mutual consent earlier this week.

Toulon and Ma’afu reached a “mutual agreement” to terminate his contract on Wednesday after he was handed a suspended four-month prison sentence on November 10 after being found guilty of assault following an altercation over a parking spot in August.

Thirty-two-year-old Ma’afu join Cardiff with immediate effect subject to the normal visa process.

The talented 32-year-old – who has won 14 international caps for the Wallabies – has also had spells at Northampton Saints, where he won the English Premiership and European Challenge Cup, the Brumbies and Western Force.

A destructive scrummager on the tighthead side – who stands 6ft 1in and weighs in at 293lbs –Ma’afu was part of the Australia squad that took part in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The front rower, who has Tongan and Fijian heritage, switched from rugby league to union as a youngster before climbing through the Sydney and NSW juniors ranks to make his Super Rugby debut in 2007 for ACT Brumbies. He also featured for Australia A later that year.

In 2010 he made his Test debut against Fiji, facing off against his younger brother, Campese, who himself is a former player at Cardiff Blues.

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