Yorkshire Carnegie sign Jacob Umaga on loan
Greene King IPA Championship side Yorkshire Carnegie have captured rising star Jacob Umaga, 20, on loan from Gallagher Premiership side Wasps.
Umaga, who was born in Halifax and played his junior rugby with Old Brodleians before joining the Leicester Tigers Academy, is due to arrive with the club next week and could make his debut in Carnegie’s next game against Nottingham Rugby in the Championship Cup.
The fly half signed for the Wasps Academy in 2015 and has made seven senior appearances in black-and-gold, all in the Anglo-Welsh Cup and has scored four tries and kicked 12 points. He had an outstanding performance at fly-half in Wasps’ 50-28 win over Leicester Tigers last season, when he kicked five conversions and a try. He has also appeared on a dual-registration basis for National Two clubs Hinckley and Broadstreet during his time at Wasps.
The young player is the son of ex Rotherham and Samoan international player Mike Umaga and the nephew of former New Zealand captain Tana Umaga, who won 74 caps for the All Blacks. The Yorkshire-born player however has been part of the England pathway from an early age. He scored a memorable long-range try for England U18 against France before making his U20 debut in the 59-17 Six Nations win over France and last year helped the England U20s squad finish as runners-up in their World Cup campaign.
This year Umaga, who can play at inside centre and full back, has spent time playing in New Zealand where he helped Auckland to the Mitre 10 Cup title. He returns to Yorkshire to play for Carnegie on loan, to continue his development in the Greene King IPA Championship.
Director of Rugby Chris Stirling said: “Jacob is one of the country’s most exciting young players and we are delighted that he will be joining the Yorkshire Carnegie squad. He is an extremely talented player and one I am sure Carnegie fans will enjoy watching. This signing is another huge boost for the club and a clear indication of our ambitions.
“I would like to thank Wasps for their help in arranging this loan deal with Jacob. I am sure he will make a big impact on the side and I am looking forward to seeing him represent the club.”
Wasps Academy Manager Jon Pendlebury said: “Jacob has been gaining valuable experience out in New Zealand since April in preparation to continue his senior rugby transition at Wasps.
“Selection at Wasps is tough and we try to use the Gallagher Premiership, Premiership Rugby Cup and Premiership Rugby Shield, as well as loan opportunities in the Championship and National Leagues, to give players necessary game time which is crucial to their development.
“Sending a young player out on loan has to fit the player and then both clubs so we are pleased that Jacob has this opportunity before returning back for the Premiership Shield fixtures in December.”