Hame Faiva: Benetton signs a hooker for the Worcester Warriors in Italy

Hame Faiva joined Benetton five years ago from Blues in his native New Zealand.
Five years ago, Hame Faiva moved to Benetton from Blues in Blues New Zealand.

Worcester has signed their fifth international hooker from Italy, Hame Faiva, to be their fifth signing for next year.

The 27 year-old will be leaving Benetton in Treviso, Italy to join Sixways on a 2-year contract.

Faiva, a New Zealander, has won four caps after qualifying on residency grounds to play for his adopted country.

Faiva is the second Hooker to sign with Warriors as part of Steve Diamond's five signings for next year – all in good time.

He is a follower of Curtis Langdon who is number 2. signed with flanker Cameron NeildSale from Diamond's former club Sale, while Australian Fergus Lee-WarnerArgentina international tight-head prop Santiago MedranoBoth signed for the Australian Super Rugby side Western Force.

Diamond stated, “I see Worcester's pack as it will look in 12 months.”

“The Premiership's top sides have two packs forwards. Curtis Langdon, Hame, and Curtis Langdon will vie for the hooker spot.

“Hame is an aggressive, mobile hooker that has impressed me. He is a hard worker and has a stern demeanour that rubs off on his fellow players.

Faiva made his international debut against Uruguay in Parma, November. He scored a try. Faiva then went on to play three more times in the Six Nations this year.

“One of the biggest positives about it is that I can still play for Italy,” he stated. Italy is my home away home right now.

Worcester is 12th in Premiership, three places above bottom club Bath. There are four remaining games.

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