Connacht Rugby and the IRFU have announced the signing of centre Pita Ahki. The 25-year-old signs from Mitre 10 Cup side Waikato having previously played Super Rugby with the Blues and the Hurricanes.
Playing for the New Zealand Sevens team, Pita Ahki won a World Cup Sevens medal in 2013 and helped New Zealand to a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. He is also a graduate of the World Rugby Under-20 Championships having played for Tonga U-20s in 2011 and New Zealand U-20s in 2012.
Commenting on the province’s latest signing, Connacht head coach Kieran Keane said: “Pita is a highly-rated young player who has played Super Rugby for the Blues and the Hurricanes. He is a strong, pacy player who will add to our attacking options. I think he will fit in well at Connacht and I am delighted to be welcoming him to the province.”
Speaking about his move to the Sportsground, Ahki admitted: “I am really excited about my move to Connacht. I’m looking forward to the prospect of playing European and PRO14 rugby. Connacht have developed a huge reputation as a proud side with community central to everything they do. I can’t wait to join up with the squad and meet the Sportsground crowd.”
Meanwhile, Connacht confirmed yesterday that following discussions with Eroni Vasiteri, it has been agreed by both parties that Vasiteri’s planned move to Connacht will not now proceed.
Due to a recent suspension, Vasiteri would not have been in a position to proceed with the move until later in the season. Connacht wishes him every success in his future career.