Moana pasikika, the franchise that will compete in the Super Rugby Pacific starting in 2022, he signed a star player for the next season: the Australian Christian Leali’ifano, of great experience with the Wallabies.
The back signed a contract with the institution for the 2022 season, with the option of an extension. The 34-year-old has 26 games and a total of 171 points with the Aussie team, between 2013 and 2019, and managed to play the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Leali’ifano, a highly renowned player in Brumbies Between 2008 and 2019, he has a great track record in Super Rugby, with 150 games and 963 points scored. At the same time, the back also played for Ulster, both in Pro 14 and in the Champions Cup.
Aaron Mauger, Moana Pasifika’s coach, praised the Australian: “We are delighted that Christian has chosen to join us for the journey ahead of us. He brings so many great qualities that will serve our team well. How he sees the game, how he plays and how he plays. level of professionalism and leadership that he brings will play a very important role in our growth as a team and in the development of the players around him ”, he assured.
For its part, Leali’ifano he was eager to don his new team jersey: “As someone who grew up proudly Samoan, there is great appeal in playing for a team that celebrates my heritage and culture,” he said.