Highlanders continue to raid Crusaders' resources
TRANSFER NEWS: The Highlanders have raided the Crusaders once again as they look to re-build their squad for the 2021 Super Rugby campaign, signing Tongan utility back Fetuli Paea on a two-year deal.
Tasman Utility Fetuli Paea will join former Crusaders teammate Billy Harmon in heading south to the Highlanders for the next two seasons.
An explosive ball carrier, Paea joined the Tasman Mako in 2019 and helped the side through an unbeaten season to claim their inaugural Mitre 10 Cup Premiership title. Following this campaign, he was selected in the Crusaders squad where he debuted against the Highlanders in Round 4 of Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa.
Highlanders Coach Tony Brown said, “we are excited to secure someone of Fetuli’s ability for the next 2 years and are looking forward to helping him develop into a world-class player”.
The 26-year-old Paea has proven to be a good performer at the highest level having represented Tonga in both 15’s and sevens over the past few seasons.
“I’m excited to be going down to the Highlanders after my Mitre 10 Cup season with Tasman. It’s a great new challenge and awesome opportunity that will help grow my rugby career further”, said Paea.
The Tongan born international will offer plenty of versatility to the Highlanders backline with the ability to cover both midfield and outside back positions.