Catalans Dragons are pleased to announce the signing of Sydney Roosters prop Sam Moa on a two-year contract from the start of the 2017 season.
On signing with the Dragons, the New Zealand international said: “I am very excited and proud to join the Catalans team. After careful consideration, my family and I are pleased to call Perpignan our new home and we look forward to experiencing the French culture and lifestyle. Having done some travelling through France previously, we know we have a lot to look forward to.”
“I am very much looking forward to playing the best football I can for the team and contributing to creating a positive culture at the club. It is an exciting time ahead and I thank the club for giving me and my family the opportunity to be a part of it.”
Moa, 30, started his career at Cronulla in 2008 before joining Hull FC where he spent 4 seasons, making 78 appearances and scoring 7 tries. He moved back to the NRL in 2013 with the Sydney Roosters, winning the Premiership in 2013 and the World Club Challenge in 2014 with the Roosters.
Moa has represented Tonga on 4 occasions before being selected for New Zealand for whom he has played 9 games and scored 2 tries with the Kiwis.
Catalans Dragons Head coach Laurent Frayssinous said: “I’m delighted to sign a player of Sam’s calibre. He is considered by his former coaches and by his opponents as a tough player on the field and is exemplary off the field. He is extremely motivated to bring his experience here and to help the club to build a competitive team on and off the field.”
Club CEO Christophe Jouffret concluded: “To recruit a leader such as Sam is a great news for the club. His experience, his winning culture and his knowledge of the Super League and the international stage will make him a leader of our team. His professionalism off the field is also recognised by all and I’m sure he will be a key player of our 2017 pack.”
Sam Moa Profile
Date of Birth: 14 August, 1986
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 105 kg
Rep. Honours: Tonga (2008, 2013): 4 appearances | New-Zealand (2013-16) : 9 appearances, 1 try
Previous Clubs: Cronulla Sharks, Hull FC, Sydney Roosters
NRL Debut: Cronulla v Wests Tigers, 27/04/08
Club Stats: Cronulla (2008) : 1 appearance | Hull FC (2009-12) : 78 appearances, 7 tries | Sydney Roosters (2013-16) : 98 appearances, 8 tries