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Bristol swoop for Helu
ESPNscrum Staff
October 26, 2011
Tonga's William Helu looks to wrongfoot Ciaran Hearn, Tonga v Canada, Rugby World Cup, Northland Events Centre, Whangarei, New Zealand, September 14, 2011
Viliami Helu started for Tonga in their clash with Canada during the pool stages of the World Cup © Getty Images
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Championship outfit Bristol have confirmed the capture of Tonga international Viliami Hulu.

The 25-year-old winger, who can also play in midfield, is a graduate of New Zealand's Wellington College but has been plying his trade in Europe for the past two seasons after joining Grenoble in 2009 before moving on to Rugby Roma last summer. However, he is now bound for the Memorial Ground and is expected to link up with his team-mates next month.

"I'm really looking forward to joining up with Bristol," he said. "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."

Bristol head coach Liam Middleton is in no doubt that Helu has what it takes to make a big impact in the English game.

"Will has experience at international and European club level, bringing with him some very good attacking and defensive qualities," he said. "The values and characteristics he exhibits are suited to the Bristol culture and he will add real quality and competition to our backline."

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