The Western Force has bolstered its backline stocks with the signing of exciting young winger Manasa Mataele from the Crusaders on a two-year contract.
The speedster, who has made 33 Super Rugby appearances for the Crusaders since making his debut against the Blues in 2017, has recently been called up by Fiji and is poised to make his first international Test appearance against the All Blacks in July.
Mataele, known for his powerful ball-carrying, rapid pace and skills, joins the Force in fine form having played in each of the five Super Rugby Trans-Tasman matches this year.
The 24-year-old is determined to take his game to a new level with the Force.
“This is a really exciting opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. It’s a great new challenge for me,” Mataele said.
“It was fantastic to see the Force back in Super Rugby action and thriving this year. They play an expansive and fast-paced style, which suits my game.
“I’m looking forward to developing my game under Tim Sampson and give my all for the club.”
Force head of rugby Matt Hodgson is delighted to have secured Mataele.
“Manasa is an extremely talented player who has shown his ability on the big stage in Super Rugby throughout his career,” Hodgson explained.
“At just 24, his best rugby is ahead of him, and he adds plenty of creativity to our backline. He’s an entertaining player who is sure to excite the Sea of Blue.”