Crusaders boost midfield with Tamanivalu signing
Cape Town - The Crusaders have confirmed that they have signed All Blacks midfielder Seta Tamanivalu for next season.
Tamanivalu launched his Super Rugby career with the Chiefs in 2015
but will move south to play his third Super Rugby season with the
Born in Fiji and formerly an Under-18 Fiji Rugby League representative,
Tamanivalu burst onto the New Zealand rugby scene in 2012 when he was
selected in the Taranaki national provincial team.
In 2013 he was named Taranaki’s most promising player of the year,
and in 2014 he was recognised as New Zealand’s Player of the Year in the
national provincial competition.
His obvious talent and superb form earned him call-up to the All
Blacks squad this year for the three-Test series against Wales, getting
his debut off the bench in the first game.
Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson says Tamanivalu is an incredibly exciting signing for the team.
"Seta is such an impressive player, and will add some real power and
strength to our backline in 2017," he told the Crusaders' official
"He is exactly the sort of player we have been looking for to
complement our squad, so we couldn’t be more excited to have him on
Tamanivalu, currently in Argentina with the All Blacks squad, said
the offer to play for the Crusaders next year was an opportunity he did
not want to miss.
“I am grateful for my time at the Chiefs and everything I have
learned there, but this is a fantastic opportunity for me to develop in a
different environment," he explained.
"I have long respected the Crusaders as a highly driven and successful team, so I am excited to be a part of that next year."