Will Helu to join Edinburgh from Wasps
Tongan winger and Scotland youngster Magnus Bradbury both agree two-year deals with the Gunners
Will Helu has agreed a switch to Edinburgh in the summer after confirming his departure from Wasps.
The 28-year-old Auckland-born Tongan wing, who has spent three seasons in English rugby with Bristol and Wasps, as well as two spells with Italian side Roma, will join the Guinness PRO12 club on a two-year-deal.
“I jumped at the chance to move to Edinburgh after meeting [head coach] Alan [Solomons] and hearing him speak about the potential of the club,” Helu told Edinburgh Rugby’s website.
“Obviously you guys are doing well, especially winning the 1872 Cup last weekend.
“I think I’ve a lot to give on the field; a lot of ball-in-hand, running rugby.”
Capped 19 times for Tonga, Helu was part of the 2011 Rugby World Cup squad in New Zealand that defeated finalists France in the pool stages, and in the side when Ikale Tahi stunned Scotland in Aberdeen in 2012.
Noted for his quick footwork, hard running and strength, he provides versatility with his ability to play at centre, as he did en route to scoring two tries in a 32-29 defeat to Sale Sharks in November 2014.
Helu has made 24 appearances for Wasps to date in all competitions, scoring 11 tries, including a hat-trick against Viadana in the Amlin Challenge Cup in 2013/14 and was awarded the Players’ Player of the Season award alongside James Haskell.
“I have had a great two years at Wasps and I’d like to thank everyone at the club for having me for the last two seasons,” Helu said earlier this week.
“In particular, thank you to Dai Young and the coaching staff for helping me develop my game and for giving me the opportunities I have already had in black and gold.
“The fans have been great to me the past few seasons and I’m obviously going to miss all of the boys at the club who I’ve built strong relationships with.
“I know there’s big things to come for Wasps and I’m looking forward to being part of that for the rest of the season and seeing them playing in the big games and finals in the near future.”
BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy player Magnus Bradbury has also agreed a two-year professional contract with the club.
The 19-year-old back-row forward, who made his debut for the Gunners against Leinster in the PRO12 last October, came through the age-grade ranks for Glasgow, Edinburgh and Scotland, and is part of the Scotland U20s for this year’s Six Nations.
“This is something I’ve been working towards for years and I just want to keep on pushing, training to the best of my ability and to keep on raising my game,” Bradbury said.