Chiefs star heads North
Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:38
Add to the quality we already have
Aseli Tikoirotuma will be joining up with Harlequins on a two year contract when his current Super Rugby commitments with the Chiefs come to an end.
Persuading the sought after Tikoirotuma to come to the northern hemisphere is a coup for Harlequins who beat a number of other clubs on either side of the Equator to his signature.
The powerful back started his professional career in New Zealand playing with Wanganui in the Heartland Championship for five years, before making the move to NPC Cup club Manawatu in 2010.
The Waikato Chiefs coach Dave Rennie, who was in charge at Manawatu at the time, brought Tikoirotuma to the Chiefs when he started coaching the franchise in 2012.
The player, who has been part of the Chiefs team that has won the last two Super Rugby Titles, has made 33 appearances for the Chiefs and scored 11 tries.
Tikoirotuma made his international debut for Fiji during their end-of-year tour last year when he played at outside centre in all his country's matches.
Announcing the signing, Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O'Shea said, "Aseli is one of the most exciting backs in world rugby and we're delighted that he has signed for us.
"He comes from a winning culture at the Chiefs, is equally at home on the wing or at centre and I am sure will fit seamlessly into the way we play here and add to the quality we already have."
Commenting on his decision to move to London, Aseli Tikoirotuma added, "After considering my next rugby move after some amazing years at the Chiefs, I am excited to be heading to Harlequins next season.
"I was impressed with the club's facilities, the coaching staff and importantly the style of rugby they play.
"I look forward to settling in London with my family and really contributing to the success of Harlequins next season."
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