Asaeli Tikoirotuma: New London Irish signing has 'X-factor'

Asaeli Tikoirotuma
Asaeli Tikoirotuma has nine international caps for Fiji

London Irish's interim head coach Glenn Delaney believes new signing Asaeli Tikoirotuma has the "X-factor" and can make a huge impact next season.

The Exiles announced the signing of the 28-year-old Fiji winger on Wednesday having tracked him for over 18 months.

And Delaney says it is great to finally get their man from Harlequins.

"There are a lot of things that suggest this might be a better place for him to flourish," Delaney told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"He has got genuine X-factor. He's a gain breaker, try scorer and a player we think we can develop and someone who will score tries and help us win games."

Tikoirotuma made only 13 appearances for Quins, scoring two tries. He previously played in New Zealand for Chiefs, winning the Super Rugby title twice.

Chiefs assistant boss Tom Coventry will become director of rugby at London Irish next season, while the club have also signed lock Matt Symons from the New Zealand team.

"He is unbelievable experienced in terms of Super Rugby," added Delaney of Tikoirotuma. "He hasn't had too much to play at Quins in terms of his role there but we know of his ability, we looked at him over a year ago. He has played with Matt Symons also.

"We knew about him 18 months ago, he was a standout player in that Chiefs team and clearly with Tom coming there is a huge influence for him to want to join."

Delaney added: "He was looking for another challenge, has not had enough game time at Quins and perhaps we see different things to what they see in terms of the way they want to play.

"Certainly the way we want to play involves people like him."

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