Glasgow sign Fijian Matawalu
July 12, 2012
Nikola Matawalu in action for the Fijian Sevens side © PA Photos
The Glasgow Warriors have added to their half-back resources with the signing of Fijian Nikola Matawalu.
Matawalu has experience of the Sevens circuit and has also made six appearances for the national side. His move is subject to a work permit but if that gets approved then he will arrive at the Warriors from the Navy Rugby Club in Suva. Matawalu will contend with Chris Cusiter, Henry Pyrgos and Murray McConnell for the scrum-half spot and he is relishing the chance to run out at Scotstoun.
"It's a very exciting time to be coming to Glasgow and I'm really looking forward to joining up with the rest of the Warriors squad," Matawalu said. "Obviously it's going to be a massive change from playing in the southern hemisphere but I'm really looking forward to the challenge.
"The quality of the squad, a lot of the guys I played against in the Scotland match last month, is really impressive and I hope I can add to that."
The Warriors' head coach Gregor Townsend revealed that Matawalu caught his eye while running out against Scotland in the June Tests.
"Niko is a really exciting signing for us," Townsend said. "He's quick, strong and is one of those types of players that can do something a bit different, the unexpected. To be named player-of-the-tournament at this year's Hong Kong 7s underlines what a special talent we have joining the club. He was hugely impressive in the Test match in Lautoka and really caught the eye and I think the Warriors fans will really take to his style of play."
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