Alaimalo moving south to Highlanders

New Highlanders winger Solomon Alaimalo on the run for the Chiefs during the Super Rugby season....
New Highlanders winger Solomon Alaimalo on the run for the Chiefs during the Super Rugby season. Photo: Getty Images
The Highlanders have added significant firepower to their back three.

Solomon Alaimalo has signed with the side for the next three years.    

The 24-year-old, who can play wing and fullback, has scored 21 tries in played 44 matches for the Chiefs.    

At 1.96m and 100kg, he brings plenty of size,which he combines with pace to make him a damaging player.    

Originally fromChristchurch, Alaimalo made his firstclass debut for Northland in 2016.    

He moved to Tasmanin 2018, before signing with Waikato for last year.    

He has missed the Mitre 10 Cup due to a shoulder injury suffered scoring a try in a Super Rugby game against the Blues this year.    

Alaimalo, whose younger brother, Charles, plays for Southland, is excited to make the move.    

‘‘The Highlanders play an attractive brand of rugby and, of course, playing under the roof tends to makes the game a bit faster and the outside backs tend to see plenty of the ball. All of that suits me fine.    

‘‘I enjoyed every minute of my time with the Chiefs but I’m looking forward to this opportunity down south to compete and add value where I can.’’    

Coach Tony Brown added he likes the physical attributes Alaimalo brings.

‘‘We’ve been looking for a big outside back to add to our squad and Solomon is abig man who has good aerial skills combined with strength and pace and will be a welcome addition to our back three.’

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