Glasgow Warriors sign Fijian international forward Leone Nakarawa
Last Updated: 21/08/13 3:28pm
Leone Nakawara: Joining Glasgow on two-year deal
Glasgow Warriors have signed Fiji forward Leone Nakarawa on a two-year deal.
The 6'6" star, who can play as a lock or in the back row, joins from Fiji Barbarians.
Nakarawa, 25, has won 19 Fiji caps and played in the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. He is also an accomplished Sevens player, having played in six IRB World Series events, scoring four tries in the process.
Nakarawa told the club's website: "I am very excited to have signed my first professional contract with Glasgow Warriors.
"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 coach Gregor Townsend said: "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 on Wednesday."