FORMER Flying Fijians winger Michael Tagicakibau has joined Bristol Rugby Club and will compete in the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Championship.
The younger brother of Samoan national rep Sailosi Tagicakibau has donned the white jumper five times and has chosen not to renew his contract with Saracens whom he helped win the 2011 Aviva Premiership title.
The 27-year-old told Bristol rugby website he wanted to join a club that matched his ambitions.
"I am delighted to be joining Bristol rugby," Tagicakibau said.
""I really enjoyed my time at Saracens, but I was ready for a fresh challenge. I was keen to join a club that matched my ambitions.
"There's still a lot that I want to achieve in the game and I'm hoping to do it here.
He said Bristol is a club that is clearly progressing and is a likely contender for the top spot in the competition.
"There's a really good environment and everything is in place for a push for the RFU Championship title next year."
Tagicakibau's previous club stints include Taranaki in New Zealand and London Welsh. He played 43 games for Saracens before he joined Bristol.
""I learnt a lot at Saracens and my game has improved during my time there. I know that the RFU Championship is a hugely competitive league, so I am excited to test myself and hopefully help the team to success," he said.
Bristol head coach Liam Middleton was full of praise for the winger and told the club website that Tagicakibau's inclusion in the team will boost the side.
"We're pleased to have secured Mike's services," Middleton said.
"Mike is a regular Premiership performer and has significant international experience. He has top-end speed and the outstanding agility of finding his way to the try line, which is testimony to his natural talent."
Middleton added he was impressed with Tagicakibau's work rate on their field and physicality in defence.
"Mike has good kick-chase skills which rounds his game off well. Importantly, he is a top professional and a great character, and those are critical factors for us," he said.