Solomone Kata has agreed a contract with the Canberra-based Brumbies Super Rugby team.
The 24-year-old has signed a three-year contract from 2020 where he will be a utility player for the Brumbies.
Kata has been capped six times by Tonga and five times by New Zealand along with playing 93 matches for the New Zealand Warriors before moving to the Melbourne Storm where he didn’t make the first team.
He was part part of the Tonga team that played at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup as well as winning the Grand Final Man of the Match award for the Warriors juniors in the 2014 Holden Cup grand Final.
“I am very happy to have signed for the Brumbies and am looking forward to joining the club for the 2020 season and beyond,” Kata told brumbies.com.au.
“I have heard very good things about the Brumbies and how they have developed their players and can’t wait to get to Canberra to start my professional rugby union career.”
The head coach of the Brumbies, Dan McKellar, thinks that Kata will make the switch successfully.
“What attracted us to Solomone is that he is a point of difference player with a physical profile to add to our squad. He is a very powerful and dynamic footballer who has the ability to stress any defensive line,” Dan McKellar said.
“Beyond having a very successful career in the NRL, Solomone also has a strong Rugby Union background having grown up playing the game.
“This prior knowledge and experience will help him make the transition back to Rugby.
“At this stage we see him as a utility back and we will be open minded about the position he plays for the Brumbies in 2020.”