The 26-cap behemoth will arrive at Irish after the World Cup and will seriously boost Declan Kidney’s side’s hopes, not only of survival next season but actually being a threat in the Premiership.
Many fans have shared their opinion on Twitter and while they are obviously happy with this signing, it seems clear among the supporters that there is a lot of confidence going into next season with the team that they are building.
The Exiles have already secured the services of Ireland and British and Irish Lions flanker Sean O’Brien, Wallabies centurion Sekope Kepu, the controversial signing of 25-cap former Ireland international Paddy Jackson, as well as other international signings.
It is clear that Irish have learned from their mistakes last season where they failed to recruit heavily enough in the first season back in the Premiership. That resulted in them being immediately relegated back to the Championship.
They have emphatically tried to ensure that history does not repeat itself, and many fans are expecting a promising season to come. This is what they have said:
London Irish putting down a marker. Paddy Jackson, Kepu and now Naholo. Not a bad way to start prep for life back in the top flight
— Huw Preece (@huw_preece) May 8, 2019
— Peter Collins (@PeterCollins__) May 8, 2019
What a squad and what a signing..
— joe black (@SBetei) May 8, 2019
Omgggg!!! What a day!!! Let this be a warning to the perm teams we are coming up against next season! The waisake naholo chants have to be heard at every game!!! #intent
— josh charlton (@joshcharlton96) May 8, 2019
@LiRFC mean business! This makes the last 2 years or so all worth it, the ups and downs. What a signing. Roll on 19/20!
— Desmond Hartley Russell (@DesHartley102) May 8, 2019
Naholo as well! @LiRFC absolutely going for it next season.
— Luke Bradshaw (@LukeBradshaw85) May 8, 2019
Gonna be a team to watch this season!
— Lorraine Bennett (@SwarbenBrickbet) May 8, 2019
Naholo is currently nursing a a knee injury and may not play again this Super Rugby season, but is a contender to make the World Cup in September. Then again, with the form of some uncapped players such as Sevu Reece, Braydon Ennor and Will Jordan in New Zealand, there is a very real possibility that he may not make Steve Hansen’s squad for the tournament.
Such is the strength in depth of the All Blacks that Naholo may miss out, despite being the Highlanders’ top try scorer in Super Rugby with 41 tries in 58 matches.
However, should Naholo miss out on the World Cup, Irish are set to be the ones who benefit as they will gain an extra two months more service from him.
READ: The RugbyPass story last February which first revealed Naholo was coming to London Irish
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) May 8, 2019
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