Bristol have signed Italy centre Walter Pozzebon on a two-year deal.
Pozzebon, 27, has won 21 caps for the Azzuri since making his debut against Ireland in February 2001 and moves to the Premiership from Benetton Treviso.
Bristol head coach Richard Hill said: ''He's an exciting international centre who will bring some quality to the squad.
''Walter can actually play a number of positions. I spoke to both John Kirwan and Pierre Berbizier and they had nothing but good things to say about him and said what a talented player he is.
''He's probably best at 13 but he's quick enough to play on the wing and Berbizier said that he's a talented playmaker who they're actually considering at 10.
''He's a talented footballer with a good mentality. He'll fit in well and is definitely one for the future.''