Nuuausala joins Super League outfit Wigan Warriors


Wigan Warriors have completed the signing of New Zealand forward Frank-Paul Nuuausala from Canberra Raiders.

The high-flying Super League club confirmed the deal on Thursday, with Nuuausala penning a three-year contract at the DW Stadium - though he must await a visa, with Wigan expecting him to arrive "in a few weeks' time".

Nuuausala will come to England as a NRL Premiership winner, having helped Sydney Roosters to success in 2013, while he appeared in all 24 games in his debut season for the Raiders last year.

"I've achieved everything that I can in my career in the NRL and, whilst still in my prime as a prop-forward, want to experience the challenge of Super League," said the 29-year-old, who also won the 2013 World Cup with New Zealand.

"It would be great to win the Grand Final over there as well and the Challenge Cup at Wembley and joining a strong and successful club like Wigan gives me that best opportunity.

"I'm looking forward to pulling on the famous cherry-and-white jersey for the first time and playing in the uniquely passionate environment of Rugby League in England."

Coach Shaun Wane added: "Frank-Paul is exactly the kind of player we want at Wigan. He's a very tough player who really throws himself into the action and is used to winning. He's also very experienced having played in the World Cup Final, the Australian Grand Final and the World Club Challenge.

"We've not had much luck with injuries this year and this signing is exactly the kind of boost we need, at this time, as we look to mount a serious challenge for trophies.

"The Wigan fans are really going to enjoy watching Frank-Paul play for us."