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Lima Sopoaga signing labelled 'clumsy mistake' by top UK pundit

Sopoaga, 28, left New Zealand in 2017, signing a two-year deal with Wasps for a reported $1.1m per season.

However, Sopoaga's arrival in England has not gone to plan, rated as the Premierships "worst signing" after his first season.

Now into his second year with Wasps, Sopoaga's woes have continued, left out of their match day 23 altogether as his side fell 35-31 to Northampton.

Rookie and former England youth representative, not to mention nephew of All Black Tana, Jacob Umaga took the number 10 jersey, while 36-year-old Jimmy Gopperth was in reserve.

Malakai Fekitoa set to move from Toulon to Wasps and forego another shot at All Blacks

The shift across the English Channel would see the former Highlanders star link up with his old mate Lima Sopoaga who is having a difficult first season at Wasps.

The Times reported on Wednesday (NZT) that an official announcement on Fekitoa's move was expected "in the next few days". It would be a welcomed signing for a proud Wasps club about to lose some significant talent in the form of England test No 8 Nathan Hughes, Springboks fullback Willie le Roux, highly regarded tighthead prop Jake Cooper-Woolley, and probably England outside back Elliot Daly.

Jimmy Gopperth staying at Wasps

The 35 year old, who joined Wasps, is one of five players to have signed new, undisclosed-length contracts.

Gopperth, who left New Zealand in 2009, was initially ruled out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury in August.

But he is now expected to make it back before the season ends in May.

Wasps are fourth in the Premiership table following last weekend's 24-14 loss at home to Bath.

Wasps 14-24 Bath - Freddie Burns leads visitors to victory

Burns' boot ticked the scoreboard over, and his try before half-time gave Bath a lead they never surrendered.

Will Chudley extended that lead after the interval and Nathan Catt looked to have settled the game, only for his score to be ruled out by the TMO.

Wasps gave themselves hope through Thomas Young's try but too many errors hindered their attempted rescue act.

It leaves Wasps with only one victory from their past 12 matches, but they hold on to fourth place before facing Harlequins at Twickenham on Saturday.

Young hails Sopoaga signing

The playmaker last week revealed he will leave Highlanders and turn his back on the All Blacks at the end of the 2018 Super Rugby season.

Wasps on Monday announced that Sopoaga, capped 16 times by the world champions, will link up with the Coventry-based club for the 2018-19 campaign.

And director of rugby Young felt the opportunity to recruit the 26-year-old was good to pass up.

"When a world-class fly-half became available we jumped at the chance, as that doesn't happen very often," the Welshman stated.

Harlequins 33-28 Wasps

Wasps raced into a 21-0 lead and their fourth try after 55 minutes gave them a 16-point advantage against the bottom team in Pool One.

James Haskell was sent off for Wasps after a late flurry of tries saw Quins trail 28-26 with 10 minutes left.

Then came James Chisholm's 80th-minute winner for Quins for their first victory in the competition this season.

One negative for Quins and England was an eye injury to full-back Mike Brown.

Sopoaga confirms move to English team

The 26-year-old Highlanders star announced on social media that he's signed a three-year deal with English club Wasps.

Sopoaga, who recently became a father for the first time, said it was a difficult decision to make.

"It's with a heavy heart that I announce that my family and I will be leaving NZ at the end of the 2018 season," Sopoaga wrote on Instagram.

Ulster battle to win over Wasps

The home side came into Friday's clash having learned that flanker Marcell Coetzee will be out for another nine months after returning to South Africa to have further surgery on a serious knee injury.

Wasps are injury-ravaged themselves with director of rugby Dai Young complaining of having to open their European campaign just five days after defeat to Saracens in the Premiership, while Ulster enjoyed an extra 48 hours' rest following their Pro14 win over Connacht last weekend.

Wasps maul sorry Bristol

Bristol's difficult start to life back in the top tier continued at the Ricoh Arena, where ruthless Wasps turned on the style and ran in 10 tries to join Bath and champions Saracens on 14 points.

Brilliant Wasps had the bonus point in the bag at half-time, with Tommy Taylor touching down off the back of a driving maul in the first minute as Bristol were swept aside on Sunday.

Elliot Daly, Jake Cooper-Woolley, Matt Symons and Christian Wade also went over in the first half as Wasps opened up a commanding 37-3 advantage at the break.

Wasps down Chiefs with second-half revival

The Coventry-based side have invested heavily during the close-season and the returning Danny Cipriani was among the starting XV at the Ricoh Arena.

But Thomas Waldrom, the Premiership's top try scorer last season, and Will Chudley scored tries while Henry Slade contributed seven points to leave 2015-16 runners-up Exeter 17-8 in front by the break.

Jimmy Gopperth's try had kept Wasps in it, though, and he added seven from the tee in the second half, while scores from Dan Robson and debutant Tommy Taylor completed the turnaround.