Worcester Warriors have made another statement of intent by signing Blues and Auckland winger/full-back Melani Nanai for next season.
Nanai, 25, is a member of the Blues’ current Super Rugby squad and he also helped Auckland win the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership last October where he played alongside Warriors lock Michael Fatialofa in the final against Canterbury.
Nanai and Fatialofa will link up again at Sixways next season after Nanai has completed his commitments in New Zealand and he is looking forward to playing in the Gallagher Premiership for the first time.
“I am really excited about the opportunity to test myself in the Gallagher Premiership and being part of what sounds like an exciting new era for the club,” Nanai said.
“I know a couple of players at Worcester Warriors and have only heard good things. I am excited about meeting the team and working with the coaching staff at the club.
⚡️⚡️⚡️ pic.twitter.com/vEWUqm12U1— Worcester Warriors ⚔️ (@WorcsWarriors) February 18, 2019
“I will be forever grateful to Auckland, the Blues and New Zealand Rugby for what they have given me since I moved to New Zealand and it will be hard leaving so many great friends, teammates and family behind.
“My wife, Bridie, and I recently got married and we are expecting our first child, so it is going to be a very big year for my family and we are really looking forward to the start of this next chapter.”