Scarlets sign Chris Hala'ufia from London Irish
June 18, 2014
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The Scarlets have completed the signing of Tongan No.8 Chris Hala'ufia from London Irish.
Hala'ufia, 35, joins the Scarlets after six seasons in the Premiership where he earned a reputation as one of the most destructive back-row players in the game. The last of his 20 caps for his country came in 2009.
"I'm very much looking forward to a new challenge," said Hala'ufia. "There are some great players at the region and I'm hoping to play a strong part in the side's Pro12 and European campaigns next season."
Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby said the signing was part of a longer-term plan. "The pack has shown time and time again this season that they can compete with the best but we're all very clear that we need to ensure consistency in our performances. Bringing in a player of Chris' ability will see us add not only strength in depth but invaluable experience.
"Chris has a reputation as one of the best No.8s in the game and he brings with him a wealth of experience and all the attributes of a ruthless eight. He's a strong ball carrier and runner but also has the ability to break tackles. A player of his experience will help us continue our development as a pack and will be a great support for the younger members of the squad including young number eight Rory Pitman who joins us from Wasps."
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