Tagicakibau & Hala’ufia commit to London Irish

Samoan international Sailosi Tagicakibau and Tongan international Chris Hala’ufia have committed long-term to London Irish which keep them at the club for at least the next three seasons.


Tagicakibau and Hala’ufia have signed four and three year contracts respectively which means Sailosi remains with the Exiles until the end of the 2014-15 season and Chris until 2013-14.


Both players have made a major contribution to the progress of London Irish since they joined the club. Tagicakibau who is in his sixth season, has made 102 appearances and has established himself among the leading try-scoring wingers in Europe, touching down 41 times for the Exiles.


Hala’ufia has made 61 appearances in his three seasons at Sunbury and Madejski Stadium, scoring 11 tries. In the process he has earned the respect of his peers as one of the most effective ball-carrying No 8s in Aviva Premiership Rugby and Heineken Cup.


Commenting on the signings, London Irish head Coach Toby Booth said, “We’re delighted that Sailosi and Chris have signed long term contracts with us. There is no doubt that these two players have been on the wish lists of many clubs both in Aviva Premiership Rugby and France.”


“We’ve often spoken about this club’s determination to continue compete consistently with the best of the best in this country and Europe to win silverware. Retaining the services of quality international players like Sailosi and Chris is essential to the realisation of our objectives. “


Speaking about his decision to spend the next four seasons with London Irish, Sailosi Tagicakibau said, “The environment at London Irish brings out the best in me.

 

“As an islander, family is a priority and this club is one big family. It’s also important to play and share the experience with good friends and fellow countrymen like Seilala Mapusua, Elvis Seveali’i and George Stowers.

“We enjoy the style of rugby the club plays and want to be part of winning the trophies it deserves.”


Chris Hala’ufia said, “I’ve played some of the best rugby of my career since I joined London Irish.

 

“Working with Toby Booth and the coaching team has helped my game to flourish and I’m looking forward to being part of a great squad that is highly ambitious and on its road to great success.”

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