'World-class' Fijian star commits to Glasgow
NEWS: Glasgow Warriors have announced that Leone Nakarawa, will remain at Scotstoun until 2021, subject to visa.
Nakarawa made his Glasgow Warriors debut against Connacht in November 2013 and went on to be awarded Player of the Match in Glasgow Warriors’ victorious 2015 PRO12 final.
In 2016, Nakarawa moved to French TOP14 outfit Racing 92 where he was named European Player of the Season at the end of the 2017/18 season.
The Fijian lock boasts 62 caps for his country; he was named in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Team of the Tournament; and won a gold medal, as a part of the Fiji squad that won the first Olympic rugby sevens event in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.
On January 2 it was announced that Nakarawa had signed a deal that would see him return to Scotstoun until the end of the season, describing the club as a his “family” and “home away from home”.
Head Coach, Danny Wilson welcomed Nakarawa’s contract extension saying, “Leone is a world-class rugby player and a really exciting addition to Warriors squad for next season. His reputation as an attacking threat goes before him and as a coach I know from experience how difficult he is to prepare against.”
“Leone offers expertise and experience in a variety of positions in the pack and I know how popular he is with players and supports. I’m looking forward to working with him as we move forward into the new season and conclude the 2019/20 season.”
Since returning to Glasgow Warriors in January 2020, the six-foot and six inches, 32 year-old, has turned out for the club on just two occasions, in the PRO14, but already appears in the top five of the PRO14 offloads table. He sits joint fourth, with ten offloads to his name.
Nakarawa opened the scoring in Glasgow Warriors 45-7 Champions Cup victory over Sale Sharks driving over from close range after just three minutes.
Nakarawa is currently in Fiji and will remain and train in the country until August as he awaits the birth of his child. The club wishes him the very best at this time and looks forward to him returning to Glasgow in due course.
✍️ SIGNING NEWS | Leone Nakarawa will be staying at Scotstoun!
The world-class lock has put pen to paper and extended his time with Glasgow Warriors.
— Glasgow Warriors (@GlasgowWarriors) June 24, 2020