Sunday 18 February 2018

Wasps sign All Blacks fly-half Lima Sopoaga - 'It was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make but is one I'm at peace with'

Lima Sopoaga
Lima Sopoaga
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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All Blacks fly-half Lima Sopoaga will leave New Zealand at the end of the season after signing with Premiership title hopefuls Wasps.

The 26-year-old Otago Highlanders No 10 admitted it was "one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make" after agreeing to join Wasps next season, removing him from contention for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Sopoaga made his All Blacks debut against South Africa in 2015 and has played 16 Tests, but only got his second start in the loss to Australia last October as back-to-back World Player of the Year Beauden Barrett kept him out of the fly-half jersey.

He won the 2015 Super Rugby title with the Highlanders and his cool head and solid tactical game, backed up by his fine kicking from hand, should hold him in good stead in the Aviva Premiership.

"So here's to 2018, one last roll of the dice before I head off to experience life on the other side of the world. I'm ready."

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