London Wasps have announced the signing of Italian tighthead prop Fabio Staibano ahead of the 2012/13 Aviva Premiership season
The international, who has been capped fifteen times, was part of this year’s Six Nations squad and joins Wasps from Aironi.
Originally beginning his career with Overmach Parma, playing in the Super 10 and in Europe, Staibano made the switch to Castres in France where he played for two seasons, before being lured home following the formation of Aironi, in the then Magners League.
With Aironi sadly being disbanded in recent months, Staibano has decided to experience life in English rugby, despite offers to play with another Italian franchise as well as a number of French sides.
Respected as an International tight-head prop in both France and Italy, Staibano is keen to make a mark in the Aviva Premiership and establish himself at Wasps for many years to come.
“This is an amazing opportunity to play in what I believe is the best league in the world with a fantastic Club. London Wasps have a strong history of top quality players running through it and I am very much looking forward to the move,” said Staibano.
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young believes the signing is another step in the right direction at Adams Park.
“We feel we’ve made real progress with our set-piece in the past season and we hope Fabio can help us continue to improve in that area. He has solid international experience and we’re looking forward to welcoming him to the Club over the summer,” he said.