The Sunwolves have announced that Japanese International looseforward Amanaki Mafi has joined the Super Rugby squad for the remainder of the season.
Mafi is still facing an assault charge following his altercation with former Rebels teammate Lopeti Timani but following delays in legal proceedings in New Zealand, he was added to the Japan squad earlier this month.
Mafi filed a not guilty plea in September after being charged with injuring with intent to injure, while both players were also fined $15,000 by the Rebels for their involvement in the late night bust-up.
Named Australian Super Rugby Player of the Year in 2017, Mafi left Melbourne to join Japan Top League club NTT Communications Shining Arcs, although he was banned from all team activities until November.
During the two seasons Mafi was with the Rebels he featured in all 31 potential matches scoring 7 tries. According to some reports in Japan, Mafi could feature for the Sunwolves as early as next week against the Reds.