Halaholo set to join Cardiff Blues

Date published: April 1 2016

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Cardiff Blues have announced the signing of flamboyant centre Willis Halaholo from Super Rugby side the Hurricanes.

Auckland-born Halaholo will move to Cardiff Arms Park on a long-term contract following the completion of the NPC competition later this year with Waikato.

The 25-year-old, who has also represented Southland in New Zealand, is a powerful and creative centre who will add even more attacking edge and depth to the squad being developed at Cardiff Blues by head coach Danny Wilson.

Halaholo was first selected by the Hurricanes last season, after an excellent ITM Cup with Southland where he topped many of the competition's offensive statistics.

The talented midfielder has again impressed this campaign and was pivotal in recent wins over the Western Force and Kings, where he made his first start of the season.

"Willis is a player we have been aware of for some time and who is really showing his ability and having a strong Super Rugby season with the Hurricanes," Wilson told the Cardiff Blues website.

"We are excited about what he will bring to the Cardiff Blues when he joins us later this year.

"Willis is a creative presence at centre and we feel his game will really suit the playing surface at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park. Alongside with the likes of Rey Lee-Lo and Matthew Morgan, he will add even more attacking threat to our game.

"He is also strong defensively and is only going to get better the more he plays. He has learnt from the likes of Conrad Smith and Ma'a Nonu in recent years so is a player who is developing fast. I know Willis is excited about the challenge of playing Northern Hemisphere rugby and we look forward to welcoming him later this year once he has completed his commitments in New Zealand."

Halaholo is looking forward to the change of scenery and has vowed to make the most of the opportunity.

"The opportunity to join a club like Cardiff Blues, who play at a venue with such a rich history, was very appealing. After speaking with the coaches and understanding what they are looking for I am excited about being able to contribute next season and beyond.

"The timing was very good for me and my family and the chance to play rugby in another part of the world and experience some true Welsh culture is also exciting."

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