Wasps confirm Taulafo signing

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Wasps have announced the signing of Samoa prop Sakaria Taulafo.

Taulafo, whose most recent Test appearance was as a substitute against Italy in November, has agreed terms with the Guinness Premiership club until 2011.

He played for Tasman in this season's Air New Zealand Cup and will feature in Wasps' match-day squad for their Premiership clash against Newcastle at Adams Park on Sunday.

"I see Wasps as the Manchester United of European rugby with a long history of success both in the United Kingdom and Europe," Taulafo said.

"I love winning, and playing for Wasps will give me the chance to experience scrummaging against some of the best props in the world.

"I have worked so hard to get here, and now I am ready to work even harder to take my game to another level."

Wasps rugby director Tony Hanks added: "For us, it is great to bring a player of his quality in this season while we are experiencing some injuries in the front-row.

"But even more so, to be able to secure him for next season as he signs an 18-month contract. He is a big powerful prop who is mobile around the field."

Meanwhile, Hanks is also confident that England fly-half Danny Cipriani will sign a new contract with Wasps before the start of the 2010 RBS 6 Nations.

Cipriani is out of contract at the end of the current season and has been linked with London rivals Harlequins and French giants Stade Francais. The 22-year-old is free to talk to other clubs from tomorrow.

However, Hanks expects the player to remain at Adams Park.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "Until people have signed the bottom line you're always wondering a little bit.

"But my relationship with Danny is pretty good. He's someone we would like to be part of our future and Danny wants to be here. It would be nice over the next four or five weeks to get it sorted."