Paulica Ion was a revelation in the London Irish front row after joining from Bath Rugby Club in the summer of 2009, after three seasons with the west country club.
The mobile Romanian prop became a firm favourite at Madejski in the opening months of the season after a string of fine displays. He went on to make 20 appearances for the Exiles during the 2009/10 season.
Paulica grew up in the eastern Romanian city of Brailia, swapping amateur boxing for rugby in a bid to improve his physique.
He soon established himself as one of the brightest talents in Romanian rugby and has since been capped 35 times, featuring in the 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cups.
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|Weight:||119kgs / 18st 10lbs|
|Height:||178cm / 5ft 10ins|
|Date of Birth:||10/01/1983|
|Place of Birth:||Braila, Romania|
|Former Clubs:||Bath Rugby, London Welsh, Newbury, USA Perpignan, CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca, CSA Steaua Bucuresti, Bucuresti Wolves|
|Paulica's Club Stats:||This Season||Club Total|
|Paulica's Test Stats:||Win Rate||Total|
|Country||Won: 9 Drawn: - Lost: 16||Romania|
|Drop Goals||-||International Points||-|