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Moana Pasifika confirm further signings as squad takes shape

Mon, 25/10/2021, 4:56 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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Moana Pasifika has confirmed their latest signings as they continue to build their squad for 2022 Super Rugby Pacific.

With pre-season set to begin next month, the expansion club announced the signings of locks Mike McKee, Don Lolo and Veikoso Poloniati.

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McKee becomes the first player of Cook Islander heritage to commit to the club after strong performances for Southland in New Zealand’s NPC.

Meanwhile, Lolo becomes the latest Tongan international signed by Moana Pasifika, making his debut during their loss to New Zealand before playing an integral role in their World Cup qualifiers against Samoa.

Lolo is joined by fellow Tongan Poloniati, who has impressed since joining Manawatu in the NRC.

This comes after a trio of Samoan loose-forwards were announced on Friday, headlined by Henry Time-Stowers.

Time-Stowers made his debut for the Western Force in 2018, helping them to the NRC title in the following year.

He would make his Samoan debut in the same year, registering three further games for his country.


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The 26-year-old will be keen to impress, featuring in all five games of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman for the Brumbies after linking up as injury replacement ahead of the Super Rugby AU finals.

He will be joined in the back-row by Samoa stalwart Jack Lam and Alamanda Motuga.

Lam has played 40 games for his country since his debut in 2013, along with helping Bristol to two Championship titles in 2016 and 2018.

Meanwhile, Motuga has been a standout for Counties Manukau, having played for Pasifika in their one-off Test against Maori All Blacks last year.

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