Glasgow add Namibia lock to ranks

Date published: June 28 2016

EXETER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Tjiuee Uanivi of Namibia makes a break to set up a try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Tonga and Namibia at Sandy Park on September 29, 2015 in Exeter, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Glasgow Warriors have signed second-row Tjiuee Uanivi from the Sharks, subject to a visa and medical, on a one-year deal.

The Namibia forward, who recently had a short loan spell at the Kings, penned a contract with Glasgow until at least May 2017.

The 200cm lock international, who has 14 caps for his country, joined the Sharks in January following a number of impressive displays at last year’s World Cup.

He scored his first international try against Romania in the World Rugby Nations Cup earlier this month.

Prior to joining the Sharks, he played 10 times for Brive in the Top 14 and Challenge Cup.

The versatile Uanivi, who can also play across the back-row, is due to arrive in Glasgow next month.

He is the latest player to join the Warriors ahead of the 2016/17 season, with winger Leonardo Sarto, hooker Corey Flynn and scrum-half Nemia Kenatale, joining fly-half Rory Clegg and props Djustice Sears-Duru and Jarrod Firth at Scotstoun for the new season.

Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, Tjiuee Uanivi said: “I’m very pleased to have this opportunity to play with Glasgow Warriors next season.

“It’s a club with a rich history, who play exciting rugby and have had lots of recent success, and I will do all I can to help that continue.

“The new artificial pitch at Scotstoun will really suit my style of play and I can’t wait to get started with the players and coaches.

“I’d like to thank The Sharks, and Gary Gold in particular, for allowing me the chance to pursue this exciting opportunity and I wish them well in Super Rugby.”

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend added: “We’re looking forward to Tjiuee joining us next month, ahead of the new season.

“We believe he’ll fit in well in our environment and challenge for a starting place in our forward pack.

“He has excellent athleticism and put in a number of impressive performances for Namibia at last year’s Rugby World Cup.

“We believe Tjiuee’s strengths suit the high tempo rugby we aspire to play, but he will have to work hard every day to win a starting place up against the other second rows at the club.

“We now have a really good balance within our second-row group for next season and it will be exciting to see them build partnerships and continue to improve.”

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