The Wests RFC has scored a major coup by signing former Manu Samoa test prop Hiroshi Tea for the remainder of the West Coast senior club competition. Tea has played eight tests in all, including against the All Blacks in New Plymouth in 2008, and has also been a member of the Samoa A side over the past few seasons.
The signing was made possible through the hard work of Wests RFC committee members, and club representative Jud Dwyer was thrilled with his arrival.
“He’s only been with us less than a week, and he’s already brought so much professionalism to our team, both at trainings and during his debut game on Saturday”. “His addition to our side is immense and he’ll pass on his knowledge and skills to help our young Wests team become a more competitive unit in the local club competition”.
West Coast Rugby Union Chairman Colin Smith is also very pleased with the signing because of the positive impact Tea will have on Senior Rugby generally, and the opportunity he presents in terms of possible West Coast Heartland Team selection.
“To have a player of his caliber playing in our Senior Competition is got to be good for West Coast Rugby and good on Wests for putting the time and effort into securing his services for their club”, Smith said.
*Isaia Toeava of the All Blacks is tackled by Simaika Mikaele and Hiroshi Tea (R) during the rugby test match between New Zealand and Samoa at Yarrows Stadium on September 3, 2008 in New Plymouth New Zealand. (Photo by Ross Land/Getty Images)