Saints announce Hohaia capture

St Helens RFC have announced the signing of New Zealand international and World Cup winner Lance Hohaia on a four-year deal from season 2012.

The 28-year-old has played 22 times for the Kiwis and made his 167th appearance for the Warriors at the weekend – a club which he made his debut for in 2002.

Saints coach Royce Simmons, stated: “Lance is a proven international. We aim to utilise him as a half back, which is his preferred position, but he does have tremendous utility value and has played most of his recent rugby at full back.

“We have some tremendous young talent in our backs and Lance’s experience and success at the highest levels will be of great benefit in helping to develop their games also.”

Chairman, Eamonn McManus, added: “Lance is a genuine marquee signing for us and will add experience and versatility to our backs. The Club will have a fantastic new stadium next season and we aim to have a team which can grace it.”

Lance, who in his 10th season with the Warriors and is currently enjoying a testimonial said he was excited about joining the Saints.

He stands at 175 cms tall and tips the scales at 86kg.

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