Lima Sopoaga rugby player
Lima Sopoaga rugby player

Lima Sopoaga

3rd Feb 1991 1.75m/91kg Fly Half

At aged 19, Sopoaga was selected to represent Wellington in the 2010 ITM Cup and made his debut against Manawatu.

Wellington-born and raised, Sopoaga accepted an offer from the Highlanders in 2011 and moved south where he has become a key member of the team.

He quickly established himself as the squad's starting number 10 with a series of mature performances which belied his age.

He finished the season with 88 points in 9 appearances to help Wellington to reach the semi-finals of the competition, where he impressed by scoring 21 points although Wellington fell to eventual champions Canterbury.

Sopoaga was part of New Zealand’s U20 side that retained the junior IRB World Championship title in 2011.

Sopoaga followed his former Wellington coach Jamie Joseph south, signing on with the Highlanders for the 2011 Super Rugby season.

Expected to back up Colin Slade, he ended up starting the opening game of the season against the Hurricanes with Slade injured, and responded in fine fashion by scoring a try and kicking two penalties in a 14-9 victory.

After guiding the Highlanders to the Super Rugby title in 2015 he earned an All Black call up and did not disappoint in his debut there either as he guided the NZ side to victory over the Springboks at Ellis Park in the Rugby Championship.

In June 2017, Sopoaga started in the Highlanders historic 23-22 victory over the British and Irish Lions. Later in the year he featured for the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship and scored his first test try against South Africa.

In January 2018, Sopoaga signed a three-year deal with Premiership side Wasps and will join his new side at the end of the 2018 New Zealand season.

Sopoaga heads into his final season with the Highlanders having already played 73 times for the side scoring 701 points in the competition. He has also represented the All Blacks 16 times scoring 55 points.

JW January 18

Career

Wellington College 1st Team
Fly Half
ws Wasps
Fly Half
2018 - present
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Fly Half
2010 - 2016
Barbarians_Logo Barbarians
Fly Half
2015 - 2016
RUGBY SOUTHLAND Southland
Fly Half
2014 - 2017
photo New Zealand
Fly Half
2015 - 2017
highlanders Highlanders
Fly Half
2011 - 2018