Barrett's back-up West heads north to France

    2018-04-04 13:08

    Cape Town - La Rochelle have announced the signing of Hurricanes flyhalf Ihaia West on a three-year contract until 2021.

    The New Zealander will join the Top 14 club at the end of the Super Rugby campaign having spent just a season at the Wellington-based outfit.

    West will replace Brock James, who has penned a deal with Bordeaux-Begles and will duly leave for their French rivals in the off-season.

    West, the 'Canes reserve pivot to regular starter Beauden Barrett, is remembered for his winning try in the Blues’ 22-16 triumph over the British and Irish Lions in June, but struggled for consistency at the Auckland side.

    He signed a one-year contract with the 2016 Super Rugby champions for the 2018 campaign, but will head to France when that deal ends.

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