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Wasps sign Frank Halai from Auckland Blues

Frank Halai has opted to leave Super Rugby outfit Auckland Blues to ply his trade in England with Wasps next season.

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New Zealand wing Frank Halai will leave Auckland Blues to join Wasps for the 2015-16 Aviva Premiership season.

The 26-year-old, who scored a try in his solitary appearance for the All Blacks against Japan in 2013, will replace the Bristol-bound Tom Varndell at the Coventry-based club.

Tonga-born Halai was the leading try-scorer in Super Rugby in his debut season with the Blues two years ago and has also scored 30 tries in 33 appearances for New Zealand in sevens internationals.

Director of rugby Dai Young believes the signing of Halai shows that Wasps mean business.

He told the club's official website: "We are delighted to have signed Frank Halai from the Auckland Blues. Frank is incredibly strong and powerful, with great pace and he has already shown his potential through playing for the All Blacks.

"Being able to attract players of Frank's calibre, in their prime, is a reflection of the upward curve the club is following.

"We have made no secret of our ambition to become a top four side and recruiting players of his ability will help us take another step towards achieving that goal in the coming seasons."

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