Wasps confirm Sopoaga signature
Cape Town - Wasps have confirmed that Lima Sopoaga will join them from next season following his Super Rugby commitments at the Highlanders.
The 26-year-old has 16 caps and has scored 55 Test points since making his All Blacks debut against South Africa in July 2015.
In the same year, Sopoaga helped guide the Highlanders to their first
Super Rugby title, and has made 74 appearances for the Dunedin-based
franchise since his 2011 debut.
The exciting flyhalf claimed the Highlanders’ seasonal
points-scoring record in 2015 when he amassed 191, and is also
second-ranked in the franchise’s history for most career points with
Sopoaga also represents Southland in New Zealand’s Provincial Rugby
Championship. He joined them from Wellington in 2014 after scoring all
his native province’s points in their 2013 final defeat by Canterbury.
Sopoaga was part of New Zealand’s U20 side that retained the junior
IRB World Championship title in 2011, where he appeared alongside
back-rower Brad Shields, with whom he will be reunited at Wasps next
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said: “When a world-class flyhalf
became available we jumped at the chance, as that doesn’t happen very
“Lima’s track record with the All Blacks, Highlanders and Southland
speaks for itself, and we believe he will be an extremely good fit both
in our side and within the club.
“A big part of my job is to continually find ways to move things
forward, both by developing our current players and when the opportunity
arises adding to the squad, and I am confident this signing does this.”