Rugby Southland have signed Highlanders first-five Lima Sopoaga for the next two years.
Sopoaga has represented Wellington in the NPC since 2010 (37 caps), and the Highlanders in Super Rugby since 2011. He also represented the New Zealand U20 team in 2011.
Sopoaga will link with Highlanders Josh Bekhuis, John Hardie and Elliot Dixon at the Stags
Stags head coach Brad Mooar was pleased to secure Sopoaga's services for the next two years.
"This is a huge signing for Rugby Southland and the Stags. To have a player of Lima's talent, work ethic and character sign with us for two years and back our vision and programme shows that we are heading in the right direction," Mooar said.
"He is now in his fourth year of Super Rugby with the Highlanders and is driven to be an All Black. He is a leader of the Highlanders game plan and will be a massive asset to us on the field and also off it in assisting to develop the young talent we have in the back line and first five position in particular. We are thrilled to have Lima on board."
Sopoaga who is taking on the Reds in Brisbane tonight, was excited by the opportunity to ply his trade with the Stags and is looking forward to the challenge.
"The opportunity came up and it is a good fit to stay in the Highlander franchise and represent the region in the Super 15 and ITM Cup," he said.
"I'm really starting to feel at home in the south now and proud to be part of the region. The Stags boys in the Highlanders have nothing but good things to say about the Stags and the Southland province and I'm looking forward to getting to Southland and giving my all for my new team."
- The Southland Times
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