Worcester have confirmed that their United States international Joe Taufete’e is to join French Top 14 club Lyon at the end of the current season.

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RugbyPass reported last month that the American and Connacht’s Australian back row Colby Fainga’a had been recruited by the French for the 2020/21 season.

Warriors have now confirmed that their 27-year-old hooker, who has so far made 46 appearances and scored six tries since arriving at Sixways from San Diego Breakers in October 2016, is indeed leaving.

During his time in the Premiership, Taufete’e has become one of the USA Eagles’ leading players and an international record breaker.

When he crossed for a hat-trick of tries against Uruguay in Seattle last March, Taufete’e broke Keith Wood’s record for most Test level tries by a front row forward. Taufete’e claimed the record in only his 21st international appearance.

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Taufete’e’s achievement was recognised by World Rugby who shortlisted him for their player of the year award last year.

A convert from American football, he made his international debut in the 2015 World Cup and also played in all four of United States’ four group matches in last year’s tournament in Japan.

“Joe has been an integral part of Warriors for some years and the contribution he has made is greatly valued and appreciated,” said Warriors’ boss Alan Solomons.

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“Joe is not only a first-class rugby player, but an outstanding bloke and team man who will always be welcome here at Sixways. From a personal point of view, it has been a pleasure to work with Joe. We wish him all the best in his new venture.”

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