Lealiifano is Moana Pasifika's first signing

Sports | REUTERS 15 Oct 2021

Former Australia playmaker Christian Lealiifano has been named as expansion side Moana Pasifika's first signing for their maiden Super Rugby season in next year's Pacific competition.

New Zealand-born Lealiifano, who has been playing in Japan in recent seasons, featured for the Wallabies at the 2019 World Cup in Japan after taking time out from the game to battle cancer.

"As someone who was raised a proud Samoan, there is massive appeal in playing for a team that celebrates my heritage," the 34-year-old former ACT Brumbies stalwart said. "I ha`ve been blessed with so many amazing opportunities ... that I feel I can give back to a special community that has always supported me regardless of what color jersey I was wearing."

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