LIMA SOPOAGA HAS confirmed that he will leave New Zealand at the end of the 2018 Mitre 10 Cup season to join Wasps.

Sopoaga has been capped 16 times by the mighty All Blacks and has revealed he will sign a 3 year deal with Wasps, he announced the news on Instagram.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce that my family and I will be leaving NZ at the end of the 2018 season,” Sopoaga wrote on Instagram.

“I have loved every minute of being a professional footballer here in NZ, I’ve made lifelong friends and memories I will cherish forever. I’d like to thank the Highlanders, All Blacks, Southland and Wellington for the awesome experience you have provided me with over the years.”

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said: “We’re disappointed to be losing Lima but we understand his reasons for leaving. He has been upfront and communicated with us through the process and when he leaves, he and his young family will go with our best wishes. Our job now will be to develop the next player to take his place.”