Jeff Toomaga-Allen of the Hurricanes makes a break against the Crusaders.
Jeff Toomaga-Allen of the Hurricanes makes a break against the Crusaders.

English glamour club sign TWO All Blacks at once

New Zealand international prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen will be joining Wasps from Super Rugby's Hurricanes next season, the Premiership club announced.

Toomaga-Allen is the second All Black signed by Wasps this week following their announcement that centre Malakai Fekitoa will join them from Top 14 side Toulon next season.

"To bring someone of Jeff's calibre to the club is fantastic news," said Wasps rugby director Dai Young.

The 28-year-old forward earned his only New Zealand cap against Japan in 2013, and he was also a member of New Zealand's Rugby Championship squad four years later.

"Jeff is a solid scrummager, while also being strong in defence.

"And like most New Zealanders, he is gifted with ball in hand, so he's a terrific all around player," added Young.

"We are looking forward to him joining us next season, as he will provide a real wealth of experience to the front row."

Toomaga-Allen said: "I want to help the club compete at the very top of the Premiership and European competitions, and hopefully I can be part of something special in winning trophies."

Fekitoa, meanwhile, has scored eight tries in 24 games for the All Blacks, including two at the 2015 World Cup, when New Zealand retained the trophy.


"Malakai is a world class player with bags of talent," said Young.

"He's a proven player at the top level, and to bring someone of his calibre to Wasps is a massive coup for the club."

Fekitoa said: "Wasps are a team that play an exciting brand of rugby and are very ambitious.

"Hopefully, I can help them push forward and achieve silverware in the next few years." Confirmation of the signing came after Wasps announced the departures of fullback Willie le Roux and England forward Nathan Hughes.

Hughes will move to Bristol next season on a three year deal, while it is understood that South Africa international le Roux could join a Japanese club.