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Bristol snap-up Tongan international Helu

24 October 2011

  • RFU Championship leaders boost backline
  • Helu joins fresh from Rugby World Cup 2011
Tongan international William Helu joins Bristol Rugby 

Photo: RFU Archive

Bristol Rugby are delighted to announce the signing of Tongan international William Helu.

The 25 year-old, who can play centre or wing, was named in the Tonga squad for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and started on the wing in the 25-20 defeat to Canada in Pool A.

Helu made his international debut against Fiji in the Pacific Nations Cup in June 2010. Since then, he has made eight appearances for his country, scoring two tries.

“I’m really looking forward to joining up with Bristol,” said the 6’2’’ utility back. “It’s a Club with a great history and big ambitions. I hope that I can contribute all that I can both on and off the field.”

Weighing in at an imposing 99kg, Helu boasts a distinguished CV having represented New Zealand's Wellington College and Randwick RFC in Sydney, before joining Grenoble in 2009.

Helu played twenty times for the French ProD2 club before joining Rugby Roma ahead of the 2010/11 campaign.

He will add real quality and competition - Middleton

Head Coach Liam Middleton commented: “Will has experience at International and European club level, bringing with him some very good attacking and defensive qualities. The values and characteristics he exhibits are suited to the Bristol culture and he will add real quality and competition to our backline.”

Helu will join up with the squad before the end of November.