Frank Halai set to join Pau next season

Wasps confirm today that winger Frank Halai will join Pau next season, following two seasons in black and gold.

Halai, who was capped by the All Blacks in 2013 and previously represented New Zealand 7s, joined Wasps from the Auckland Blues ahead of the 2015/16 season.

Halai made a big impact during his first season in England, scoring 12 tries in 25 appearances. He has added two tries in his 16 appearances this season. 

Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “We will all wish Frank and his family the best when he moves to France next season and I’m sure he will do a really good job for Pau.

“Frank really showed what he could do in the Premiership last season, with his physicality and pace often overpowering defenders. His game-time has been limited this season due to the form of Christian Wade and the development of Josh Bassett, as well as Willie Le Roux coming on board, so it’s a really competitive area.

“Frank still has a big part to play for the club as we enter the business end of the season and I know he will be doing everything he can to help us succeed over the next few months.”

Speaking about the planned move, Halai said: “I’d firstly like to thank all Wasps’ players, coaches and fans for a great couple of years here. It’s a really good group of boys here and I’ve really enjoyed my time at Wasps. We still have a lot to look forward to this season, with some big games ahead of us in the Premiership and Europe and I’ll be doing my best to help the team go as far as we can in both competitions. 

“It will be an exciting opportunity for my family and I to experience a new culture in France next season and I’m looking forward to joining another strong squad and to testing myself in the Top 14 with Pau.”