The exodus of top New Zealand rugby players to Europe continues with Hurricanes prop Jeffery Toomaga-Allen joining English club Wasps.
A one-test All Black, Toomaga-Allen’s departure was confirmed on Friday morning by the Coventry-based side.
The 28 year old will join fellow former All Blacks Lima Sopoaga and Malakai Fekitoa and former Hurricanes team-mate Brad Shields at Wasps.
The news also comes after wing Nehe Milner-Skudder and midfielder Matt Proctor also announced European deals.
Toomaga-Allen will make the move at the end of the 2019 Super Rugby season and said he felt Wasps were a fantastic club with a lot of history.
“I want to help the club compete at the very top of the Premiership and European competitions, and hopefully I can be part of something special in winning trophies.”
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said bringing someone of Toomaga-Allen’s calibre to their club was great news.
“Jeff is a solid scrummager while also being strong in defence, and like most New Zealanders, he is gifted with ball in hand so he’s a terrific all-round player.
“We’re looking forward to him joining us next season as he’ll provide a real wealth of experience to the front-row.”
Toomaga-Allen’s lone test for New Zealand came against Japan in 2013, while he also featured in a pair of tour matches on the All Blacks end of year tour in 2017.
He has racked up 101 games for the Hurricanes and been a regular fixture in the Wellington Lions front-row since 2012.