Catalans sign Kiwi international Moa

Catalans Dragons have secured a huge coup with the arrival of Sydney Roosters prop Sam Moa on a two-year contract from the start of the 2017 season.

Moa, who played for New Zealand in their ANZAC Test defeat to Australia this year, has made 10 appearances for the Kiwis.

A former Hull FC player, the 30-year-old spent four years at Hull before joining the Roosters for the start of the 2013 season, winning the NRL Premiership that year before beating Wigan in the World Club Challenge in 2014.

His arrival comes as a massive coup for the Dragons, with Moa helping to replace the departures of Willie Mason and Gregory Mounis.

“I am very excited and proud to join the Catalans team. After careful consideration, my family and I are pleased to call Perpignan our new home and we look forward to experiencing the French culture and lifestyle. Having done some travelling through France previously, we know we have a lot to look forward to.”

“I am very much looking forward to playing the best football I can for the team and contributing to creating a positive culture at the club. It is an exciting time ahead and I thank the club for giving me and my family the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Catalans Dragons head coach Laurent Frayssinous said: “I’m delighted to sign a player of Sam’s calibre. He is considered by his former coaches and by his opponents as a tough player on the field and is exemplary off the field. He is extremely motivated to bring his experience here and to help the club to build a competitive team on and off the field.”