Ihaia West signs for Toulon
West will join Rugby Club Toulonnais next season and “will wear the red and black jersey until 2025”, the club have said in a statement.
“Ihaia West will no doubt want to win a trophy with the RCT he has signed up with for the next three seasons,” said Toulon in a statement.
After starting his career with Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand, West made a name for himself during stints with the Auckland Blues and then the Hurricanes. Between the two sides he took part in five seasons of Super Rugby before heading to Europe.
Stade Rochelais recruited the former Maori All Black in 2018, where he starred for Les Maritimes with in the TOP 14, Challenge Cup and Champions Cup finals.
"I can have a terrible day at training, but I’m able to cut it and go, 'No, that is enough for the day'"
– Ihaia West on…
Emerging at Hawke's Bay ?
Slaying Lions ?
Leaving New Zealand ??
Life at @staderochelais ?with O'Gara
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) October 24, 2021
“My wife and I love life in France and it is where we want to stay and have a number of more seasons. Whether that is in La Rochelle or elsewhere, we can hopefully have that sorted in the next few months… I just love how close everything is. You can travel. Being in New Zealand you are isolated.
“Growing up in New Zealand you don’t really hear too much (of French rugby) other than the likes of Toulouse or Toulon – we were growing up with the likes of Jonny Wilkinson – and Clermont. The big clubs are what you only really hear of or see on TV back home. I didn’t really know too much about La Rochelle as a club and as a town.”
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