Connacht Rugby are happy to announce the signing of Tongan worldwide lock Leva Fifita.
Fifita joins from French aspect Grenoble the place he has made 65 appearances in 4 seasons with the membership, having beforehand represented New Zealand aspect Waikato within the Mitre 10 Cup. The 31-year previous has earned 19 caps for the Tonga nationwide group and began in all 4 video games within the nation’s 2019 Rugby World Cup marketing campaign.
The transfer additionally sees Fifita reunited with incoming Connacht Forwards Coach Dewald Senekal, who served as his Head Coach on the French membership for 2 seasons.
Commenting on right this moment’s announcement, Head Coach Andy Good friend says:
“In Leva Fifita now we have been capable of determine all of the attributes we had been on the lookout for in a brand new lock. He’s a tall, robust athlete who will complement our current second rowers, and in addition brings with him a great deal of expertise at membership and worldwide stage. We’re actually happy he has determined to affix us and I do know he’ll slot in properly with the squad”.
Leva Fifita says he’s trying ahead to becoming a member of the province:
“I’m very excited to be becoming a member of Connacht Rugby. I do know Dewald very nicely from my time in Grenoble and after chatting to Andy Good friend I consider that is the fitting step to make in my profession. I’m trying ahead to shifting to the West of Eire and play my half in serving to the group succeed into the long run.”