Bristol sign Georgia international forward Giorgi Nemsadze
By James Dale
Last Updated: 25/07/16 12:58pm
Bristol have signed experienced Georgia international Giorgi Nemsadze from French ProD2 side Tarbes.
The 6ft 5in lock, who played in the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, has represented his country in 62 Test matches.
Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson believes Nemsadze, who weighs more than 120kg, is perfectly suited to play in England.
"Giorgi fits the bill for a Premiership lock. He's heavy, abrasive and he's been a key part of a Georgia forwards pack that has enjoyed considerable success at international level," Robinson told Bristol's official website.
"We recruit players that fit the mould of the standards and culture we expect at Bristol Rugby. Giorgi not only brings with him the knowledge of playing in France for nearly 10 years, but also that physical intensity we are striving for."
Nemsadze, 31, made 15 appearances for French second-tier side Tarbes last season, scoring one try, and will now step up to join newly-promoted Bristol.
"To play in the top flight was an ambition of mine so I am delighted to join Bristol Rugby and to begin life in the Premiership," said Nemsadze.
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"I spoke with Andy Robinson at length and was very impressed with the ambition and environment in place at the club.
"I pride my game on working hard for my team-mates and giving 100% commitment to the shirt. I am looking forward to getting started at Bristol."