New Zealand fly-half Lima Sopoaga to join Wasps

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

Rugbypass.com reported the 26-year-old was set to anounce a deal for the nothern 2018/19 season, which would see him leave the Highlanders at the end of the 2018 Super Rugby season.

Wasps have completed the signing of All Blacks reserve fly-half Lima Sopoaga.

"Lima came to the Highlanders as a 19 year old in 2011 and over the last seven seasons has grown as a player and a man", Clark said on their Facebook page.

"It was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make but is one I'm at peace with".

"It's with a heavy heart that I announce that my family and I will be leaving NZ at the end of the 2018 season", Sopoaga wrote in a post on Instagram. I have loved every minute of being a professional footballer here in NZ, I've made life-long friends and memories that I'll cherish forever.

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The Wellington-born outhalf will add a new dimension to Wasps' backline and you would expect the Highlanders to be disappointed that they will be losing one of their star players.

According to the Stuff website, Sopoaga's move is a significant blow to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen's World Cup plans.

Lima Sopoaga and Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks show off the Bledisloe Cup in August previous year.

Sopoaga has played 16 Tests for the All Blacks, including his debut match against South Africa in 2015, and a lack of game time no doubt swayed his decision to leave New Zealand.

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