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In November 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.