Wed 20 Feb 2019 | 07:50

Wasps reveal Hughes' replacement

Wasps reveal Hughes' replacement
Wed 20 Feb 2019 | 07:50
Wasps reveal Hughes' replacement

TRANSFER NEWS: Wasps signed Tonga back-row forward Sione Vailanu from English Premiership champions Saracens.

Vailanu will join Wasps at the end of this season as a replacement for England No.8 Nathan Hughes, who recently agreed a move to Bristol.

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“I’m looking forward to testing myself in a new environment at a new club. Wasps have real pedigree and the way in which they play the game excites me,” Vailanu said.

The 24-year-old has made just nine appearances in all competitions since joining Saracens in January 2018.

He has won four caps for Tonga and scored a try in their Test against Wales last year.

“Sione is a strong athlete who will no doubt help us get over the gain-line with his strong ball-carrying,” Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said.

“He has international experience and he is still very young, so we can’t wait to get him on board and try and help him realise his potential in a very competitive back-row.”

Vailanu becomes Wasps’ second signing this week following their swoop for Italy wing Matteo Minozzi, who will join from Zebre before next term.

Agence France-Presse

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