Zebre bolster ranks with Halangahu
August 6, 2012
Daniel Halangahu will turn out for Zebre next term © Getty Images
Zebre have bolstered their side with the signing of utility back Daniel Halangahu ahead of the new season.
Halangahu, 28, can play at fly-half, inside centre and fullback and has 75 Super Rugby caps to his name. With Zebre in the midst of their preparations ahead of their first season of RaboDirect PRO12 rugby, Halangahu will bring a calm head to their back division and director of rugby Robert Manghi is hopeful that the Australian will be able to help herald in the next generation of Italian talent.
"We were looking for a utility back who can bring quality and experience to our backline and who can play in many key positions - Daniel is the right man and we're confident his Super Rugby experience will give a great contribution in developing our many young Italian backs," Manghi said. "We've explained to Daniel how important it is, for the Zebre, to drive forward the best Italian young guns and we're certain he will give a crucial contribution."
Halangahu will line up for Zebre in the Heineken Cup and he is relishing the chance to play in a new environment. "I hope to be able to utilise my years of Super Rugby experience to assist in the development and growth of the exciting back line prospects within the playing squad," Halangahu said. "I come to Zebre rugby hoping to have success on the field, to learn a new way of rugby, a new way of living and to also reward the club for giving me this wonderful opportunity."
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