Blues and Northland hooker Matt Moulds will take his rugby talents to the northern hemisphere to join Worcester for their next season.
The 27-year-old, who has captained Northland for the last three years, has been part of the Blues since his debut in 2015. Moulds has chalked up 30 games for the Blues and been an integral part of the leadership group.
He will join fellow Blues player Melani Nanai at Worcester in the Gallagher Premiership next season, with his UK heritage meaning he will not be classed as a foreign player.
“My current focus is to finish a strong campaign here with the Blues. It is going to be hard to leave but I am excited to further myself as a player, building on all that I have learned here in New Zealand in this new phase of my career,” said Moulds.
“I am very grateful to the clubs that I’ve been able to call home here in New Zealand – Otamatea Hawkes, Canterbury University, Northland and the Blues. Being able to represent my family and friends at these clubs has been special and in doing so I have gained so many great memories and experiences.”
Blues general manager high performance, Tony Hanks said Moulds has been an outstanding contributor to the Blues and Northland, having emerged through the Blues development side.
“He worked his way through our system and is an excellent character on and off the field. He is a key part of our leadership group and also a strong contributor to the development of our team culture,” said Hanks. “We wish him well and sure that he will be an asset to Worcester.”