Yorkshire Carnegie sign giant winger
Yorkshire Carnegie have been given a major boost with the signing of giant winger Elijah Niko, 28, from French side Beziers.
The 6’4” winger is originally from Wellington in New Zealand and is of Samoan descent. He played Rugby League as a junior, signing professionally for New Zealand Warriors in 2008 before moving to Melbourne Storm in 2011.
He switched codes to Rugby Union as part of the Australian national Sevens squad before moving to France to play with Section Paloise, Albi and Beziers.
Niko becomes Yorkshire Carnegie’s ninth new signing in the past six weeks as Director of Rugby Chris Stirling looks to build a squad that can establish themselves in the Greene King IPA Championship this season before challenging for promotion in 2019-20. With that in mind, Niko has agreed a contract for the remainder of this season and the following campaign at Emerald Headingley.
Yorkshire Carnegie return to action in the Greene King IPA Championship on Saturday 29th December with a local derby at Doncaster Knights live on Sky Sports.
The full list of new recruits are: Fa’atiga Lemalu (Auckland), Cian Romaine (North Harbour), Tom Hill (Otago), Myles Thoroughgood (Northland), Nic Mayhew (North Harbour), Antonio Kiri Kiri (Manawatu), Jade Te Rure (Manawatu), Elijah Niko (Beziers), Craig Mitchell (Newcastle Falcons). In addition to the nine recruits Yorkshire Carnegie also have the following players on loan at present: Jacob Umaga (Wasps), Will Britton (Bath) and Sam Nixon (Bath).
Commenting on the signing Director of Rugby Chris Stirling said, “Elijah is a very talented player who will add real strike to our backline. He is an exciting player that I am sure Yorkshire Carnegie fans will enjoy watching and I am looking forward to him linking up with the group.”