Fifita to join Llanelli Scarlets

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Fifita, who played 11 Tests, joined Wasps last year. However, with the reduction in the salary cap, he was off-loaded. It is understood All Blacks team-mate, centre Malakai Fekitoa is also set to leave the club.

 

Fifita's ability to play at lock is regarded as an asset the Scarlets can utilise to their benefit. His skill at stealing lineout ball saw him ranked as the best in New Zealand at that aspect of his game between 2016-21.

 

His All Blacks career was most memorable for the stunning 50-metre try he ran in against Argentina in 2017.

 

Former Hurricanes team-mates Sam Lousi and Blade Thomson also play at the club.

 

New Zealand has a strong connection with the club. Wales coach Wayne Pivac coached the side and was replaced for a season by incumbent All Blacks assistant coach Brad Mooar.

 

Others who have played for the side include Marty Holah, Jerry Collins, Filo Tiatia and Regan King.

 

Meanwhile, Wasps first five-eighths Jimmy Gopperth may have another club to add to his resumé if he decides to hold off retirement for another season.

 

He has been connected with a move to Leicester Tigers next season.

 

Gopperth, 38, was the Premiership's player of the season in 2017 and has scored more than 900 points for Wasps.

 

Former All Black and Samoan international and Blues coach Pat Lam saw his Bristol side end a run of losses with a 32-15 win over Sale at the weekend. The win lifted them to third from the bottom of the ladder.

 

But he believes the side will benefit from their struggles this season, his fourth at the club.

 

Their goal at the start of the season was to make the Premiership final. But a drop in form means they will need to have an unbroken winning run to quality.

 

Lam said despite the success of previous seasons, he enjoyed the challenge.

 

"This is what coaching is about, a challenge. I have been here many times before as a coach," he told The Rugby Paper.

 

"You have these moments, and that is what the experience of leading a team is about.

 

"Everyone enjoys the highs, but when you go through times like we are now it is when opportunity knocks," he said.

 

Lam said he knew where Bristol was going.

 

"We are who we are because of adversity. You cannot expect to have only wins and success. My job is to take the players and staff here through the journey and keep them aligned, not pulled down by things which do not matter and which you cannot control. Get the performance right and the wins will take care of themselves," he said.

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