Worcester Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons’ raid of Super Rugby outfit Blues has continued with the signing of hooker Matt Moulds.
The 27-year-old has inked a deal to join wing Melani Nanai in moving to Sixways for the 2019-20 season.
As well as being accustomed to the playing style of Nanai, Moulds will have the familiar faces of ex-Blues lock Michael Fatialofa and fellow newcomer Jono Kitto, who he played alongside for province North Harbour, for company.
“I am really excited to start a new chapter in my rugby career with Worcester Warriors,” Moulds said.
“My UK heritage is something I am very proud of, so to be able to live in the UK and play in the Gallagher Premiership, at a great club, with great people is an amazing opportunity for me.
“I am really looking forward to working with everyone there.
“I am very grateful to the rugby clubs that I’ve been able to call home here in New Zealand – Otamatea Hawks, Canterbury University, Northland RU and the Blues.
“Being able to represent my family and friends at these clubs has been special and in doing so I have gained so many great memories and experiences.
“My current focus is to finish a strong campaign here with the Blues.
“It is going to be hard to leave, but I am excited to further myself as a player, building on all that I have learned here in NZ, in this new phase of my career.”
Moulds, a front-row operator who was on the fringes of New Zealand’s Sevens squad in 2014, made his Super Rugby debut in 2015 for the Blues.
And Worcester boss Solomons expressed his content at the addition of an experienced, mobile forward to his pack.
“It is fantastic news for the club that we have been able to secure the services of Matt who has been part of the Blues Super Rugby squad for the past five seasons,” Solomons said.
“He is an experienced hooker with a strong set piece and great mobility around the park. I have no doubt that he will add huge value to the team and we are all looking forward to welcoming him to Sixways.”
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