French club beats WP in race to sign former All Blacks flyhalf

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Lima Sopoaga in action for Wasps. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)
Lima Sopoaga in action for Wasps. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

French club Lyon have beaten Western Province in the race to sign former All Blacks flyhalf Lima Sopoaga.

According to French publication RMC Sport, Sopoaga will leave English outfit Wasps to join the Top 14 club at the end of the current European season.

Earlier in the week, Netwerk24 reported that Western Province also had their sights on the player in an attempt to bolster their backline stocks.

The former Highlanders pivot, who played 16 Tests for the All Blacks between 2015 and 2017, has been on the books of Wasps since 2018.

Flyhalf has been an area of concern for the Cape union of late, with Damian Willemse and Tim Swiel not exactly grabbing the headlines during the recent Currie Cup and Super Rugby Unlocked tournaments.

After struggling at flyhalf, Willemse was eventually moved to fullback, with Swiel given an extended run at No 10.

There are also young guns like Kade Wolhuter, Chris Schreuder and Abner van Reenen and it is believed that WP are eager to recruit an experienced flyhalf to mentor the young players.

Willemse's future at the union is also uncertain as the Springbok has been linked with a move to the Bulls.

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