Rugby

All Black Halai to join Wasps

2015-01-26 17:45
Frank Halai (Getty Images)

London - All Black wing Frank Halai will join Wasps from the Blues for the next European season, the English Premiership side announced on Monday.

Tonga-born Halai, capped once by the All Blacks, scored a try in is lone Test against Japan in 2013.

The 26-year-old made his Super Rugby debut for the Blues earlier that year, against the Hurricanes, and ended the season as the competition's leading try-scorer.

Halai, who previously played for Waikato in the ITM Cup, has has also represented New Zealand in sevens, scoring 30 tries in 33 games.

"We are delighted to have signed Frank Halai from the Blues," said Wasps director of Rugby, Dai Young, in a club statement.

"Frank is incredibly strong and powerful, with great pace and he has already shown his potential through playing for the All Blacks.

"Being able to attract players of Frank's calibre, in their prime, is a reflection of the upward curve the club is following," former Wales international Young added.

"We have made no secret of our ambition to become a top four side and recruiting players of his ability will help us take another step towards achieving that goal in the coming seasons."

Former European champions Wasps are currently fourth in the Premiership table.

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