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Tagicakibau & Hala'ufia extend London Irish contracts

Sailosi Tagicakibau
Tagicakibau suffered a foot injury last season which limited his appearances

London Irish winger Sailosi Tagicakibau and number eight Chris Hala'ufia have signed extended contracts at the club.

Tonga's Hala'fui, 30, has made 63 appearances during his three seasons at Irish, and has penned a three-year deal to keep him at the club until 2014.

Samoa's Tagicakibau, 27, has made 102 appearances and signed until 2015.

"We are delighted that Sailosi and Chris have signed long-term contracts with us," said London Irish head coach Toby Booth.

"We fought off many other clubs from far and wide so it's nice that Tagicakibau has committed his long term future to us, someone of such a high-calibre and a world class player like he is," Booth told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"Ultimately he could have gone to different places for a lot more money and I think that probably sends the biggest message of all.

"I think the signing speaks volumes for the club, the culture and the people here that a player of his talent and in the prime of his career has decided to commit a long-term future to us - for that I am delighted."

The Exiles coach also praised Hala'ufia, adding: "You saw against Wasps last week that he was a stand out player for us.

"He has always been a player that's led by example. Rugby is an abrasive game and you want people that epitomise that and no one does that more than Chris Hala'ufia."

Tagicakibau, who has scored 41 tries since he arrived at the club six seasons ago, told the club website: "The environment at London Irish brings out the best in me.

"As an islander, family is a priority and this club is one big family. It's also important to play and share the experience with good friends and fellow countrymen like Seilala Mapusua, Elvis Seveali'i and George Stowers."



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