Chiefs winger Solomon Alaimalo swaps Northland for Tasman

The Tasman Mako have found their replacement for departing winger James Lowe.

The Mitre 10 Cup runners-up have confirmed the signing of talented outside back Solomon Alaimalo, who heads south after two standout seasons with Northland.

Alaimalo, who plays his Super Rugby for the Chiefs, scored four tries in 11 games during the 2017 NPC campaign.

"I enjoyed my time with Northland and am very thankful for all they provided, but I'm excited to join the Mako next year. The Mako have a great track record in the Premiership. I'm especially looking forward to working with Leon MacDonald and the other coaches to develop my game further," the 21-year-old said.

"I also hear great things about the team environment and the Tasman region. I feel this is a good decision for my rugby. I'm planning on a strong season for the Chiefs then continuing that form and impressing for the Mako."

With Lowe departing for Leinster, Tasman were in the market for a new outside back, and chief executive Tony Lewis was thrilled to have secured the signing of the 1.96m, 99kg Alaimalo.

"We're delighted to secure Solomon as he is a quality player who the Mako coaches see playing fullback, centre or wing. He is a player with rare speed which makes his signing an exciting one for the team.



Photo by: GETTY IMAGE. Caption: Northland's Solomon Alaimalo has signed with Tasman for the 2018 NPC.