Michael Alaalatoa signs one-year deal with Crusaders

The Crusaders have poached another promising young player from Australia, signing former Waratahs prop Michael Alaalatoa on a one-year deal. The 24-year old spent two season with the Waratahs before signing with ITM Cup side Manawatu for the 2015 season, where he caught the attention of Crusaders forwards coach Dave Hewett. “We’ve been keeping a close eye on the options at tighthead prop since Nepo Laulala’s decision to shift to the Chiefs, and Michael has been one who has really stood out,” Hewett said. “He’s put in some impressive performances for the Turbos and, importantly, has really grown across the season. It’s obvious that he is working hard on his game and is ambitious and determined to succeed. That’s what really attracted us to him, he already has an impressive physical demeanour but he also has a great attitude.” With incumbent prop Tim Perry set to miss the first part of the 2016 Super Rugby season after injuring his ACL, the opportunity is there f
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