Rugby: Tialata, Lauaki sign with French club

Neemia Tialata. Photo / Getty Images
Neemia Tialata. Photo / Getty Images

New Zealand internationals Sione Lauaki and Neemia Tialata have signed for French Top 14 rugby side Bayonne, the club confirmed on Monday.

Forward Sione Lauaki arrives from French champions Clermont and prop Neemia Tialata from Super 15 outfit Wellington Hurricanes.

Lauaki, 29, who has 17 caps for the All Blacks, signed a three-year deal.

"I'm a competitor, Bayonne are an ambitious club, I want to help them to continue to evolve," said Lauaki.

The 28-year-old Tialata, who has 41 caps, signed a two-year deal with an option for a third.

Their arrival brings to three the number of new recruits signed by Bayonne, seventh in the Top 14, after France international winger Cedric Heymans.


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