Nakarawa joins Glasgow

Leone Nakarawa prepares to pass for the Flying Fijians. Photo: Zimbio

Leone Nakarawa prepares to pass for the Flying Fijians. Photo: Zimbio

Glasgow Warriors have announced the signing of Fijian international Leone Nakarawa, who will join on a two-year deal, subject to a medical.

The lock forward, who can also play in the back-row, joins from the Fiji Barbarians rugby club.

25-year old Nakarawa has 19 caps for Fiji and represented his country at the 2011 World Cup.

He has played in six IRB Sevens World Series events, scoring four tries for the Fiji national sevens team and was part of the squad that finished third at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia last month.

“I am very excited to have signed my first professional contract with Glasgow Warriors,” Leone told glasgowwarriors.org.

“I’m happy to be here and I’m looking forward to joining the squad for pre-season training.

“I’ve always wanted to play rugby outside of Fiji and now I have that opportunity.

“I could have moved to England or France last year but stayed in Fiji. I am determined to make the most of this move.

“I’ve heard a lot about Glasgow from Niko (Matawalu) and he talks very highly of the club. This will be a new experience for me and I can’t wait to get started.”

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend added: “This is excellent news for the club – we’ve been tracking Leone for a long time and we’re delighted that he’s agreed to join us.”

“He has played both fifteens and sevens for Fiji and is a dynamic and skilful player. His ball carrying ability and versatility will really strengthen our squad.

“Leone played for Fiji at the Rugby World Cup Sevens at the end of June, so we expect his fitness to be at a high level.

“We now have great competition for places in our forward pack, with a mix of different qualities and this should stand us in good stead next season.

“We’re looking forward to Leone starting pre-season training with the rest of the squad tomorrow.”

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