Samoan international James So'oialo will join Connacht this summer.

So'oialo, who played in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, was recently named in the Samoan squad for the upcoming tour to South Africa, where they will face Scotland, Italy and the Golden Lions.

James is younger brother to former New Zealand player Rodney So'oialo and former Harlequins scrum half Stephen So'oialo.

The 24-year-old utility back has signed for Connacht Rugby from Wellington Norths on a two-year deal.

Incoming head coach Pat Lam has worked with So'oialo in Samoa and Lam said: "James is a superb utility back who can play all positions but half back.

"He can kick goals from up to 60 metres out and I'm sure with the Galway wind, we will see him kick from even further out.

"To have someone in our squad with so much versatility and who can kick goals from that distance is a real weapon in our armoury.

"James will join us for the pre-season straight from his summer duties with Samoa and I'm looking forward to catching up with him then."