All Black winger, Waisake Naholo, has signed for London Irish where he will link up with both Sean O’Brien and Paddy Jackson.
Naholo is the latest in a string of big-name signings made by the recently promoted side as they look to make their mark in the English Premiership next season.
Director of rugby Declan Kidney and head-coach Less Kiss have also added Australia internationals Sekope Kepu, Nick Phipps and Curtis Rona, as well as Scotland prop Allan Dell following their promotion from English rugby’s second-tier.
Former Irish head coach, Kidney, described Naholo as a “top-class player who will bring great experience with him”.
“We are delighted that a player of his ability and age profile has bought into our vision for where we as a club are working hard to get to,” he told the club’s website.
Naholo described the Exiles as “a team on the up” upon being announced as their latest addition.
“There is plenty of ambition, a world-class training facility, a good group of coaches and players and some exciting signings coming in.
“The supporters have a great reputation as well and I’m looking forward to it.”
The 28-year-old is currently with the Highlanders where he has won a Super Rugby title and has been capped by New Zealand 26 times and scoring 16 tries.
It was announced yesterday that Paddy Jackson would be joining the club following one season in France with Perpignan while Sean O’Brien made the announcement in February that he was to leave Leinster for London Irish at the end of this season.
It is thought that O’Brien and Naholo will both still be eligible for selection for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan despite making public their intentions to leave Ireland and New Zealand respectively.