Forced out of the team this year with the emergence of younger forwards, Frank-Paul Nuuausala has bitten the bullet and made a decision to head overseas.
He will join Super League side the Wigan Warriors effective immediately, signing a 3-and-a-half year deal with the club.
The 29-year old forward originally played for the Sydney Roosters, making his debut in the 2007 NRL season.
In that time, he won an NRL premiership and a World Club Challenge and became known by many as ‘Frank-Paul, the wrecking ball.’
Nuuausala went on to represent his country 15 times, and joined the Canberra Raiders in 2014. In 2015, he played in all 24 games for the club.
Wigan are pleased to have signed the Kiwi international, knowing full well the talent he has and how it can improve their side.
â€œAs an ambitious club, Wigan is always interested in International players of the highest calibre and Frank-Paul Nuuausala certainly fits into that category,” said Wigan Chairman, Martin Lenagan.
“Having played in the NRL for many years and consistently for New Zealand, he is an excellent addition to an already-strong Wigan pack as we look to build on our strong position in the Super League table and to progress in the Challenge Cupâ€.
Having achieved everything in NRL, Nuuausala felt that the time was right to make a move to England and test himself elsewhere whilst he is still in his prime.
â€œIâ€™ve achieved everything that I can in my career in the NRL and, whilst still in my prime as a prop-forward, want to experience the challenge of Super League,” said Nuuausala.
“It would be great to win the Grand Final over there as well and the Challenge Cup at Wembley and joining a strong and successful club like Wigan gives me that best opportunity.
Iâ€™m looking forward to pulling on the famous cherry-and-white jersey for the first time and playing in the uniquely passionate environment of Rugby League in England.â€