Lima Sopoaga & The Highlanders Post Classy Messages Ahead Of His Move To Wasps
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“One of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make”
It was revealed this week that All Blacks and Highlanders playmaker Lima Sopoaga had agreed a massive deal to move to England with Dai Young’s Wasps.
The news has sent shockwaves across the rugby world, with Sopoago just 26-years-old and an integral member of Steve Hansen’s current All Blacks squad.
Sopoaga will leave at the end of the 2018 season, meaning he has one full campaign left with the Highlanders. He will however, be ineligible for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Ahead of his move he posted his classy message.
It's with a heavy heart that I announce that my family and I will be leaving NZ at the end of the 2018 season. It was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make but is one I'm at peace with. I have loved every minute of being a professional footballer here in NZ, I've made life long friends and memories that I'll cherish forever. I'd like to thank the Highlanders, All Blacks, Southland and Wellington for the awesome experiences you have provided me with over the years. Thank you to all the fans for your support it's been one heck of a ride. To my team mates and coaches/management over the years thank you for everything, I've been blessed to have met so many top men. Last but not least to my family & friends you know who you are the ones who have stood by me through the lowest of lows and the highest of highs you have seen both the valleys and the peaks, THANK YOU will never be enough! So here's to 2018 one last roll of the dice before I head off to experience life on the other side of the world. I'm ready. TheSops LS10
His club the Highlanders, then posted this in response.
.@LimaSopoaga came to us as a 19yo in ‘11 and has been a significant contributor to our club over the past 7 seasons – we’re looking forward to one last season in ‘18 before he heads overseas! Let’s make it good ‘un #HighlandersANDyou pic.twitter.com/zwXgWMDCv5
— The Highlanders (@Highlanders) January 10, 2018
Stay classy lads.