New Zealand international Lima Sopoaga is on his way to Premiership side Wasps, reports on Wednesday morning have claimed.
The Times have reported that the deal to bring the 26-year-old to the Ricoh Arena has been completed, in a move that could have serious consequences for the future of Danny Cipriani. Sopoaga is expected to slot straight into the Wasps starting XV, which puts the current number ten in an awkward position with his own contract due to expire at the end of the season.
Having finished second in the Premiership last season, Wasps are currently third in this year’s competition. Their European campaign could face a premature end, however, as Dai Young’s side are currently locked in a battle with La Rochelle and Ulster in their Champions Cup group with two pool games remaining – they currently sit five points behind the group leaders.
Sopoga, meanwhile, who has amassed 16 caps for the All Blacks since making his debut in 2015, decided to move to the Premiership rather than stick with the Highlanders and face the near-impossible task of trying to dislodge Beauden Barrett in that New Zealand starting lineup. In all, he made just two starts for the international side, and while he would probably have been selected as Barrett’s understudy in the 2019 World Cup squad, Sopoaga has decided not to pursue that option.