Wales could yet be boosted by the arrival of Willis Halaholo.
Soon after the Scarlets announced the capture of Johnny McNicholl from the Crusaders earlier this summer, the winger created a good deal of controversy by declaring his ambition to play for Wales after completing his three year period of residency.
Although McNicholl may not have been a household name in the northern hemisphere, the injuries suffered by both Nehe Milner-Skudder and Waisake Naholo, allied to Julian Savea’s inconsistent form, meant that he was being considered for selection by the All Blacks.
However that all changed when McNicholl announced his decision to move to the Scarlets and potentially represent Wales in the future.
Likewise, after a successful Super Rugby season with the Hurricanes, new Cardiff Blues recruit, Willis Halaholo, is now considering the prospect of representing Wales. In an interview published on kiwi news site, Stuff, the centre revealed his international ambitions.
I’m looking to go there and stay for three years. If the opportunity comes [to play for Wales], playing for another country, whatever goes, I’ll go for it.
Although Halaholo had only been a bit part player for the Hurricanes in recent seasons, the departure of both Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith enabled the centre showcase his talents on a consistent basis.
As a result, some in New Zealand were hopeful that the 26 year old would ultimately turn down the opportunity to join the Cardiff Blues. However that is not the case, and Wales could yet reap the benefits.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena