Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Exeter Chiefs have confirmed the signing of Romana Graham, the New Zealand born lock ahead of the new season of the English top flight season.
The huge Maori All Blacks player has put pen to paper on a long term deal at the club and is expected to be the marquee signing the club was crying out for after last season. The 27 year old was part of the Chiefs side of New Zealand that played in the Super 15 and played at the club for the last five years and has also played for his provincial side Waikato.
Graham is the seventh signing that the club has signed in the off season and is slated to play a big part in the club’s fortunes this season. He spoke to the media after being unveiled by the club and stated that coming over to England and playing for the Exeter Chiefs represents a brand new challenge for him but he believes it will definitely be good for his game as well.
However, Graham also feels that it will take him some time to adjust to the style of rugby played in the Northern Hemisphere and he mentioned that he has watched highlights of the Aviva Premiership on television and noticed that there are some big players in the country. He also said that the game is more forward oriented in England but he admitted that he will not complain about it much and he just wants to get stuck into all the action.
Rob Baxter, the club’s head coach also expressed his delight at snapping up one of the most prodigious talents from New Zealand and he hopes the player will be able to live up to expectations surrounding his signing at the club.