The NSW Waratahs have bolstered their front-row stocks for next Super Rugby season with the signing of Angus Ta’avao on a two-year deal from Auckland-based rivals the Blues.
The 25-year-old tighthead prop has 48 caps for the Blues and will finish the upcoming New Zealand provincial season with Taranaki before moving to Australia.
Incoming Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson said Ta’avao would add significant depth to NSW up front.
“We are delighted to secure the services of a quality player like Angus, who is highly-regarded by our players as a very capable tighthead and a determined competitor,” Gibson said.
“His addition to our squad for 2016 will shore up our personnel in the tighthead position alongside Paddy Ryan, and will provide substantial depth and versatility to the front row.”
Ta’avao was a member of the 2010 New Zealand Under-20 team that went on to success in the Junior World Championship, and captained them in their first match of the tournament.
He made his provincial debut for Auckland in 2010 against Taranaki, the club to which he transferred and won a premiership four years later.
In 2014, Ta’avao was part of the Barbarian side that took on the Wallabies at Twickenham.