All Blacks flyhalf Sopoaga off to Wasps

Lima Sopoaga right and Aaron Smith celebrate winning the Super Rugby title with the Highlanders in 2015

All Blacks fly-half Lima Sopoaga has signed a three-year deal with Aviva Premiership side Wasps, New Zealand Rugby have confirmed.

"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.

The big transfer news this week was that of the announcement that Lima Sopoaga will be heading to the northern hemisphere at the end of next season to take up a contract with Wasps.

Sopoaga, who recently became a father for the first time, said it was a hard decision to make. I have loved every minute of being a professional footballer here in NZ. "I'd like to thank the Highlanders, All Blacks, Southland and Wellington for the awesome experience you have provided me with over the years".

Sopoaga made his All Blacks debut against South Africa in 2015 and played 16 tests but only got his second start in the loss to Australia last October as back-to-back World Player of the Year Beauden Barrett kept him out of the number 10 jersey. He has been upfront and communicated with us through the process and when he leaves, he and his young family will go with our best wishes.

The 16-Test capped global will link up with his new teammates at the end of the 2018 season, opening the door for Canterbury first-five Richie Mo'unga for further All Blacks honours.

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