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Wasps sign All Black Back-Rower

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Wasps are delighted to announce the signing of All Black lock and flanker Vaea Fifita, who will join the Club for next season from the New Zealand Rugby Union.

The 29-year-old has 11 caps for the All Blacks, after making an eye-catching debut against Samoa in 2017.

A player with immense speed for his size, Fifita will be invaluable at the lineout for Wasps, with his impressive athleticism seeing him make the most lineout steals (22) of any New Zealand player in Super Rugby since the beginning of 2016.

Like current Wasp and former All Black Malakai Fekitoa, Fifita was born in raised in Tonga, before moving to New Zealand for school.

Fifita won the Super Rugby title alongside current Wasps Brad Shields and Jeff Toomaga-Allen with the Hurricanes in 2016.

The 6ft 5in forward has played over 50 games for the Canes, while also appearing for the Wellington Lions with his soon-to-be teammates again. 

In June 2017, Fifita started at blindside flanker for the Hurricanes against the British and Irish lions and scored a crucial try with ten minutes left to help the Wellington side draw 31-31. 

Fifita was given his first test start for the All Blacks in September 2017, against Argentina. The 111kg forward had one of the standout performances of his career so far, scoring his second test try in spectacular fashion. Fifita sprinted in from 40m, out-running winger, Santiago Cordero and fullback Joaquín Tuculet. He was awarded Man of the Match in the All Blacks’ 39-22 win.

Wasps Men’s Head Coach Lee Blackett said: “We have been looking for a quality lock and back-rower and Vaea fits the bill perfectly. We are therefore delighted to be able to bring an experienced international forward like him on board for next season.

“We are all excited to work with him and the strong group of forwards we have at the Club for next season.”

Fifita added: “I am proud to be joining one of the most historic rugby clubs in the world.

“I can’t wait to get started on what promises to be a very exciting journey with Wasps. I will be working hard to help the team achieve as much success as possible.

“My family and I look forward to experiencing everything that England has to offer.”


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Baxter expecting Sio to make quick impact

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By Mark Stevens
5/10/22

Rob Baxter expects new Exeter Chiefs signing Scott Sio to be up to speed quickly after sealing his move to the Gallagher Premiership club.

The Australian international touched down at Sandy Park today following the recent culmination of the Rugby Championship, where he featured for the Wallabies in Tests against South Africa (twice) and New Zealand.

The Chiefs confirmed back in August that the 30-year-old would be heading to Devon after 11 seasons with the Brumbies. And Baxter believes it won’t be too long before his new addition is pressing his claims for a match-day role.

“If, by the end of this week, he’s getting over jetlag and he can do a full week’s training next week, then he’s going to be in and around the 23 pretty quickly,” Baxter said.

“It’s going to take us two or three days to get his training load correct and get him up and running. We’re not going to select him just to injure him, but he’s obviously a quality player – he was playing international rugby two or three weeks ago.

“We haven’t brought him here to sit on the sidelines for too long, but, at the same time, he’s going to have to show that he deserves a spot and that he’s training well and that he’s up to speed.”

Among those helping to sell the Chiefs culture are former players Greg Holmes, Dave Dennis, Dean Mumm and Nic White, all of whom enjoyed hugely successful spells at Sandy Park in recent years.

“Chatting with all those guys, they only had good words to say about the place,” said Sio. “They told me the Chiefs are a great club, on and off the field, and that’ll I will enjoy every minute of it.”

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Gloucester Rugby sign Argentina international

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Gloucester Rugby welcome the addition of Argentinian international Mayco Vivas, who joins the club immediately. 

The 6’1”, 122kg prop made a name for himself playing Super Rugby for the Jaguares in 2019 before making his international debut in the same year.

Vivas, who has won 17 caps for his homeland, was involved in this year’s Rugby Championship squad for the Pumas, including their historic victory over the All Blacks.

The 24-year-old joins Pumas teammates Matias Alemanno, Santiago Carreras and Santiago Socino in making Kingsholm their home.

Head coach George Skivington welcomes the addition of Vivas;

“We’re delighted to bring Mayco here to Gloucester. He’s clearly a talented player that offers a lot to the team in terms of set-piece and around the park. 

“Mayco is 24 and has got the potential to progress even further here at Kingsholm, we’re really excited to see what he can bring to us.

“He also adds some extra quality into an already strong front row which is crucial for a long Premiership season.”

 

 

 

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