New Zealand rugby’s playmaking depth takes a hit as Lima Sopoaga signs with Wasps

ALL BLACKS five-eighth Lima Sopoaga has confirmed he is leaving New Zealand to play rugby in the UK at the end of the year.

Unconfirmed reports on Wednesday suggested that the Highlanders No. 10 would be heading to the Coventry-based Wasps side.

On Thursday, the 26-year-old announced he would be leaving New Zealand with a “heavy heart” at the end of the 2018 season to take up a contract in Britain. “It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make but is one I’m at peace with,” Sopoaga said on Instagram.

“I have loved every minute of being a professional footballer here in NZ. I’ve made life long friends and memories that I’ll cherish forever.”