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Yorkshire Carnegie strengthened their squad in November 2018 with the capture of Samoan international second row Fa'atiga Lemalu for the remainder of the 2018-19 Greene King IPA Championship season.
Lemalu joins Carnegie from New Zealand Mitre 10 Champions Auckland having helped the team to a Premiership victory for the first time since 2007 and the 17th time in all with a dramatic 40-33 extra time victory over Canterbury at Eden Park.
The 29-year-old has previously played in England with Premiership side Saracens on a short term deal in the 2016-17 season.
He has won 25 caps for Samoa since making his international debut against Tonga in 2012 whilst his last appearance came against England at Twickenham in 2017.
Born and raised in Auckland, Lemalu was a leading light at De La Salle College in the south of the City. He has spent the majority of his career in Japan with the Munakata Sanix Blues in the Japanese ‘Top League’ and latterly with the Sunwolves in Super Rugby.
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