Tagicakibau joins Stormers
The Stormers have signed Samoan speedster Sailosi Tagicakibau ahead of their Australasian tour
CAPE TOWN - The Stormers have signed experienced Samoan speedster Sailosi Tagicakibau on a loan deal for the remainder of the 2014 Super Rugby season.
The 1.94 metres tall, 100 kg powerhouse joined the Cape side from English Premiership club London Irish, where he spent the last eight European seasons.
Tagicakibau arrived in Cape Town on Thursday morning to join up with his new teammates ahead of the Stormers' four-game Super Rugby tour of Australasia.
The winger has scored seven tries in his 21 Tests for Samoa, played more than 150 games for London Irish, and represented Manukau, Taranaki and Chiefs in New Zealand and the Barbarians and Pacific Islanders at international level.
Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee says Tagicakibau was the ideal player for the Stormers' needs.
"We've been looking for an experienced and strongly-built international wing for some time and Sailosi Tagicakibau fits the bill perfectly. We've done our research on him, having tracked his progress for some time now.
"We have also built up a good understanding with London Irish, after also loaning Jebb Sinclair from the club in 2012 and Sailosi comes highly recommended by (London Irish) director of rugby Brian Smith."
Coetzee added that his new recruit is eligible to feature against the Hurricanes at Newlands on Friday.
"Sailosi will be able to take part in Friday night's clash against the Hurricanes at Newlands, whilst his experience of New Zealand and Australian conditions will be of great benefit to us on tour next month."
Coetzee believes Tagicakibau will prove successful in the Cape.
"I have no doubt that he will thrive in the Stormers environment - much like Jebb did in 2012 - and also, in the process, share his many experiences of top-level rugby with the younger, home-grown players in our squad."