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To'omaga-Allen to join Wasps

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    18 Jan 2019     Getty Images

The Hurricanes centurion is the latest to announce his departure with centre Matt Proctor announcing his move to Northampton last week.

A former New Zealand Schools and New Zealand Under-20 representative To'omaga-Allen had the distinction of being the first player selected in the Hurricanes squad who hadn't played national provincial championship rugby Wellington.

His propping position has become one of the more competitive in the All Blacks squad in recent years with the likes of Owen Franks, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Karl Tu'inukuafe and Angus Ta'avao competing with To'omaga-Allen for his favoured tighthead role.

He made his Investec Super Rugby debut in 2012 against the Stormers and a year later made his All Blacks debut against Japan. However, a run of injuries affected him in 2015 and 2016.

While he came off the bench in the 2015 final 14-21 loss to the Highlanders he was ruled out of the 2016 season and missed the winning Super Rugby campaign.

He returned in 2017 and started in the 31-31 draw with the British & Irish Lions and with injuries suffered by first-choice All Blacks props Joe Moody and Franks, To'omaga-Allen was recalled to the All Blacks squad for the Investec Rugby Championship campaign in 2017.

He was selected for the end-of-year tour to the northern hemisphere and came off the bench in the 31-22 win over the Barbarians and then started in the 28-23 win over the French XV in Lyon.

In 2018 he was included in the June series squad against France and as injury cover in the 2018 Rugby Championship but suffered a hamstring injury.

He played his 100th game for the Hurricanes in their quarterfinal against the Chiefs and having won 32-31 at home, his 101st game was the 12-30 semifinal loss to the Crusaders.

Hurricanes coach John Plumtree said: "Jeff has always been incredibly loyal to the Hurricanes and we know how determined he will be to make sure this season ends the way he wants it to.

"We expect Jeff to play a leading role in this campaign before he moves on to the next stage of his career."

Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee acknowledged To'omaga-Allen's contribution to the side.

"Jeff has always been someone who has put the interests of the Hurricanes first and foremost and we know how proud he has been to represent the club over such a long period," he said.