25th Sep, 2018

Alapati Leiua set to leave Wasps for Bristol Rugby for the 2016/17 season

RUGBY UNION: SAMOAN centre Alapati Leiua admits the decision to leave Wasps was a tough but correct decision after agreeing to a move to Bristol Rugby next season.

The 28-year-old, who has 11 caps for his country, joined Wasps during the 2014/15 campaign, scoring four tries in his 16 appearances for the club in his first season.

Leiua’s game-time was limited last season due to two ACL reconstructions but he made his comeback in October and has gone on to make ten appearances for Dai Young’s side this season.

Leiua said: “It was a really tough decision to make to move on, but I am keen to increase my opportunities for game-time and am excited about the new challenge with Bristol next season.

“I have really enjoyed my three seasons at Wasps and would like to thank the players, coaches and medical team for the support and backing they have given me during my rehab to help me return from long-term injury.

“I’m loving playing again, alongside really talented players. I’m looking forward to doing my best for Wasps for the rest of the season and to seeing what we can achieve together as a squad.”

Wasps’ director of rugby, Dai Young, added: “Alapati has worked hard to battle back from two serious knee injuries and we are delighted to see him back fit and playing.

“He still has a big part to play for Wasps for the remainder of the season and we will all wish him well when he joins Bristol Rugby next season, where I’m sure he will do a good job.”

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