Lealiifano signs with Moana Pasifika

Christian Lealiifano is the primary large identify to formally decide to Moana Pasifika, the previous Wallabies World Cup playmaker signing on for the aspect’s 2022 Tremendous Rugby Pacific debut.

Lealiifano on Thursday formally put pen to paper for subsequent season with an possibility to increase.

“As somebody who was raised a proud Samoan, there may be huge enchantment in taking part in for a staff that celebrates my heritage and my tradition,” he stated.

“I’ve been blessed with so many wonderful alternatives over the course of my rugby profession that I really feel I may give again to a particular group that has at all times supported me no matter what color jersey I used to be sporting.”

Moana Pasifika coach Aaron Mauger stated Lealiifano’s expertise and robust Samoan id made him an apparent goal alternative for the brand new Tremendous Rugby entity.

“We’re ecstatic that Christian has chosen to hitch our Moana Va’a for the journey forward; he brings so many nice qualities that may serve our staff properly,” Mauger stated.

“Christian is a type of unbelievable gamers who oozes class as a footy participant and a person.

“How he sees the sport, how he performs the sport and the extent of professionalism and management he brings will play an enormous half in our progress as a staff and the event of the gamers round him.”

First debuting beneath Robbie Deans throughout the 2013 sequence in opposition to the touring British and Irish Lions, Lealiifano has made 26 appearances for the Wallabies following a stirring comeback from a life-threatening sickness.

He was identified with leukemia in 2016.

Remarkably, following a profitable bone marrow transplant, the goalkicking five-eighth returned to Tremendous Rugby in 2017 earlier than heading abroad for a brief stint in Eire’s Pro14 and European Rugby Champions Cup with Ulster.

A key playmaker in Brumbies Tremendous Rugby campaigns between 2008 and 2019, Leali’ifano has been plying his commerce in Japan’s Prime League with Toyota Shokki Shuttles and NTT Communications in recent times.

The 34-year-old has amassed 150 video games and 963 factors in Tremendous Rugby.

In 2019, his fairytale return to top-level rugby was full when he began at No.10 within the Wallabies aspect that put 47 factors on the All Blacks in Perth.

That yr, he earned his first choice to the Rugby World Cup in Japan, taking part in in 4 Check matches.


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