CA Brive announced on Sunday the arrival of Samoan pillar Tietie Tuimauga (29 years old, 1m88, 125 kg) from the Wellington Lions. He joins the Brive workforce to compensate for the absence for several months by Luka Japaridze.
A Samoan international, Tuimauga was trained in New Zealand, where he wore the colors of Wellington (2018 and 2022) and Manawatu (2020 and 2021). In 2021, he joined Connacht during the season to compensate for the injury of Denis Buckley. He will make 10 appearances, playing 7 United Rugby Championship matches and 3 Champions Cup matches. Back in Wellington this summer, he won the New Zealand Provincial Championship last weekend against Canterbury.
Arrived this Sunday in Corrèze, Tuimauga will join his teammates Monday morning at the Performance Center. “The long-term injury of Luka Japaridze, as well as the anticipation of the selection of Pietro Ceccarelli, comments Didier Faugeron, sports coordinator of CA Brive, led us to look for a joker at the prop position. Tietie just won the New Zealand Championship, he can move left and right of the scrum which will bring us more frontline options. »