Tonga international back-rower Valentino Mapapalangi

Tonga international agrees move to Welford Road

At 6ft 4in tall and weighing 17st 9lb, the 24-year-old Mapapalangi is a physical presence in attack and defence from the back row and has gained experience in New Zealand with Auckland, Waikato, Chiefs and Manawatu.

"Valentino is a very talented young player with a lot of potential to grow and develop with us."

Tigers head coach Matt O'Connor

An exciting talent in Tongan rugby, he earned his first international selection during 2016 and started the Test against Wales this summer.