Blues winger Frank Halai will join English club Wasps next season, it was confirmed by the club today.
Halai will play a key role in the Blues inthe Investec super Rugby competition starting next month.
He scored a try on his All Blacks debut against Japan in 2013, after making his Super Rugby debut for the Blues earlier that year against the Hurricanes, and ended the season as the competition’s leading try scorer.
The 26-year-old, who plays for Counties Manukau in the ITM Cup, has also represented New Zealand 7s, scoring 30 tries in 33 games.
Blues coach Sir John Kirwan said he wishesthe big winger every success.
ìFrank is a big part of the Bluesenvironment and after injuries last year, we are looking to him for a big Superseason for us,î Kirwan said.
ìThe natural evolution for many players later in their careers is to look at options in Europe and Japan and we wish him the best.
“Right now our focus is on the season about to start, but no doubt next season will open an opportunity for a player coming through our development system.”
Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “We are delighted to have signed Frank Halai. Frank is incredibly strong and powerful, with great pace and he has already shown his potential through playing for the All Blacks.”