Flanker Jonathan Poff makes move to London Wasps

Jonathan Poff
Jonathan Poff has made nine appearances for Crusaders this season

Wasps have signed loose forward Jonathan Poff from New Zealand Super Rugby outfit Crusaders.

The 27-year-old flanker, who also plays for Tasman province, has played 17 times for Christchurch-based Crusaders since making his debut in 2009.

He has also featured for New Zealand Schools and Under-21s.

"I am looking forward to a different challenge in England after a couple of years of good experience in Super Rugby," he said.

Poff has found his chances in the Crusaders line-up limited by having All Blacks captain Richie McCaw ahead of him in the open-side flanker pecking order.

"It's been difficult to be behind such a great player as Richie McCaw," he said. "My opportunities to start have obviously been less than I would have liked.

"So I am coming to London Wasps with the aim of nailing down a regular spot in the team, even though I know there is a lot of good back-row talent there."

Wasps chief executive Chris Thomas said: "This is another strong addition to our pack for next season.

"Our coaches were very impressed with Jonathan's work-rate and tenacity. He is an excellent signing for the club.

"He has excellent leadership qualities and, having featured for a number of seasons in one of the best club sides in the world, he will bring a lot of top experience to the squad."

The signing comes a day after Wasps announced that props Lewis Thiede and Simon McIntyre and centre Chris Mayor would be arriving at Adams Park next season.