Bordeaux-Bègles are going into the 2018/19 season with a number of new signings as they eye a stronger finish in the European Rugby Challenge Cup than last season’s Pool stage exit.

Here we focus on six of those new faces as they look to progress from Pool 3 against Connacht Rugby, Perpignan and Sale Sharks.

Seta Tamanivalu
The 26-year-old centre or wing joins Bordeaux-Bègles from New Zealand side Crusaders, with whom he won back-to-back Super Rugby titles in 2017 and 2018.

Tamanivalu, who won five caps for New Zealand, scored tries in both finals against the Lions and moves to France on a three-year-deal.

Semi Radradra
The Fiji centre or wing has left RC Toulon for Bordeaux-Bègles after one season, when he played in six of their seven 2017/18 European Champions Cup ties.

The 26-year-old former NRL star, who made his rugby union debut for Fiji in the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup this year, was also part of their Rugby World Cup Sevens squad in July.

Brock James
The 36-year-old Australian fly-half brings huge experience to Bordeaux-Bègles, having played 63 European games and scored 495 points.

He guided ASM Clermont Auvergne to the 2007 Challenge Cup title in his maiden European season, before spending the last two campaigns with La Rochelle.

Viliamu Afatia
Bordeaux-Bègles will be Afatia’s third French club after Agen and Racing 92, who have selected him for a total of 17 European matches in four seasons.

The 28-year-old prop, who has made nine Challenge Cup appearances, has also played 21 Tests for Samoa.

Kane Douglas
The 31-cap Australia lock returns to the northern hemisphere after three years playing in the Super Rugby competition for Queensland Reds.

The 29-year-old spent the 2014/15 campaign with Leinster Rugby and played in all six of their Pool matches.

Eto Nabuli
Nabuli is another former NRL player, who crossed codes in 2016, and, like Douglas, joins Bordeaux-Bègles from the Queensland Reds.

In 2017 the 29-year-old wing was the Reds’ leading Super Rugby try-scorer and that achievement led to Test selection for Australia.