Tuesday, April 29, 2014
London Wasps have secured the signature of in-form Hurricanes and Samoa back, Alapati Leiua. The Samoan powerhouse has impressed in Super Rugby this season, and can play centre or wing. He'll join Wasps after the Super Rugby season.
Leiua made his Test debut for Samoa in the victory over Scotland in Durban in June 2013, and toured with Samoa on their end of year trip to Europe.
Missing the first part of the 2013 ITM Cup through injury, Leuia returned for the last four matches and played his 50th game for Wellington against Hawke’s Bay, impressing with his performances as Wellington reached the ITM Cup Final.
London Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: "We have been really impressed with what we have seen of Alapati and he will add power and pace to our backline options."
"We have identified the type of players we need to add to the side and he fits the bill very well. He is powerful, has good feet and knows where the try line is, and I am sure he will make a big impact here."
Leiua said: "After considering a number of options the decision to join London Wasps was made easy after meeting with Dai Young and hearing his vision for the future of the Club.
"I am very excited to be playing in the Aviva Premiership next season and look forward to contributing to the success of London Wasps," he added.
Leiua becomes Wasps' sixth high-profile signing, after the announcements that Bradley Davies, James Gaskell, Rob Miller, Lorenzo Cittadini and Ruaridh Jackson will also be joining.
Leiua scored on of the tries of the season not too long ago against the Crusaders (included below)