Jeff Toomaga-Allen becomes latest All Black to sign overseas, after final Hurricanes season

Another All Black has confirmed his departrue from New Zealand Rugby to play in Europe, with one-Test prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen signing on with the Kiwi-laden English club Wasps.

Toomaga-Allen, who played his only Test in Japan in 2013 and earned two matches against the Barbarians and a French XV in 2017, will play out this year's Super Rugby season with the Hurricanes before heading north.

In signing with Wasps the 28-year-old will team up with the likes of Lima Sopoaga and Brad Shields as well as Malakai Fekitoa, who announced his move from Toulon to the English club yesterday.

The front-rower is the third Hurricanes player to announce his departure recently, with Matt Proctor signed with Northampton and Nehe Milner-Skudder headed to Toulon on a three-year deal.

Toomaga-Allen said he's excited for the new challenge.

"It's a fantastic club with a lot of history," he said. "I want to help the club compete at the very top of the Premiership and European competitions, and hopefully I can be part of something special in winning trophies."

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said it was "fantastic news" to sign someone of Toomaga-Allen's calibre.

"Jeff is a solid scrummager while also being strong in defence, and like most New Zealanders, he is gifted with ball in hand so he's a terrific all-round player.

"We're looking forward to him joining us next season as he'll provide a real wealth of experience to the front-row."

Toomaga-Allen earned his 100th Hurricanes cap last season after debuting for the Wellington franchise in 2012.

Jeffery Toomaga-Allen of the Hurricanes addresses the team after the game. Western Force v Hurricanes, Round 15 of the 2017 Super Rugby season at NIB Stadium, Perth, Australia. 3 June 2017. Copyright photo: Daniel Carson /
Jeffery Toomaga-Allen of the Hurricanes addresses the team after a game. Source: Photosport