Off the back of a brilliant Rugby World Cup campaign, where he beat the most defenders despite only playing four games, there was a lot of interest in the 27-year-old all over the world.
Given the success the former Parramatta Eels star had in rugby league, scoring 82 tries in 94 matches, a move back to the NRL seemed likely, so Bristol have shown their intent by signing him on a three-year deal.
Bristol director of rugby Pat Lam has given a glowing endorsement of the outside back, and is aware of how great an impact he can make at Ashton Gate.
He said: “There is no doubt that Semi is one of the best players in the world – he’s truly a world class performer and we are so excited about what he can do for the team.
“Every top club across both codes on the planet wanted him, so for Bristol to be able to bring in a player of his quality underlines the fantastic work that the club is doing.”
A deal of this magnitude has garnered quite a reaction across the rugby world, with players, former players and coaches describing the Fijian as one of the best players on the planet.
Montpellier winger Nemani Nadolo was particularly complimentary of his countryman on Twitter, suggesting he can get better in a “great structure”. That is something that the rugby world will be curious to see, and he may be in the right place to do so under Lam.
This has been the reaction:
My oh my what a signing… put him in a great structure (game plan) this man is only gonna get better.. félicitons dreus!! ???? https://t.co/nebSj4gxpn
— nemzy (@nemani_nadolo) November 27, 2019
So @BristolBears have signed one of if not the best players in the world in Semi Radradra! Can’t wait to watch him in the @premrugby, defenders everywhere are going to be made to look silly, my advice is shout you’ve got Semi to your inside and outside defenders!
— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) November 27, 2019
Wow that’s a huge signing! Radradra and Piutau in the back 3 ? https://t.co/zmQAhFDzJl
— Tommy Bowe (@TommyBowe) November 27, 2019
What a signing. ??? https://t.co/38vI9blHHX
Yes! The big Semi! THE best player on the planet arrives @BristolBears So, so good. Proper box office. How many times will defence reviews include the phrase “it’s ok, you can’t cater for that” next year? Unplayable 90% of the time. Great news for @premrugby too. #bigsemi pic.twitter.com/xkVFFfegeT
— Tom May (@TomMay1) November 27, 2019
Great signing @BristolBears!!! ??
— Jason Robinson OBE (@Jason15Robinson) November 27, 2019
— Ben Ryan (@benjaminryan) November 27, 2019
Wow. He is a RIDICULOUS signing. Does stuff literally no one else can.
— Rory Lawson (@rorylawson9) November 27, 2019
?…simply box office signing !! https://t.co/XOItQjk7CQ
— Mike Friday (@MikeFriday09) November 27, 2019
Since earning promotion back to the Gallagher Premiership in 2018, Lam has had a clear vision with Bristol and is making them a force in England. Regarding his move, Radradra highlighted this, saying: “It’s a fantastic club to be joining with a bright future ahead. I can’t wait to get started and contributing to the Bristol Bears vision.”
Bristol already sit at the top of the league table, and they have made a statement of intent for 2020.
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