Naiyaravoro to leave Glasgow

Date published: February 18 2016

Glasgow Warriors star winger Taqele Naiyaravoro will leave the club at the end of the season to head back to Australia.

The international wing joined the PRO12 champions at the start of the 2015/2016 campaign from the Waratahs.

Naiyaravoro won his first and so far only cap for Australia against the USA last September and originally joined the Warriors on a three-year contract.

However the 24-year-old has now opted to trigger a release clause in his contract in order to return to Australia.

Despite the disappointment of losing such a potent threat in his back line, Glasgow director of rugby Gregor Townsend spoke highly of Naiyaravoro and believes he settled in well to life in the PRO12.

“We were always aware that it could happen,” Townsend told reporters on Wednesday.

“His contract was a three-year contract, but he had a clause [that said] after his first year if he didn’t settle he could go back to Sydney.

“I think that he’s done really well and he has settled well, but he’s made that decision to go back to Australia.

"The fact he played a Test match before the World Cup – that’s obviously a big draw, to try and get back in the Australian team, which he wouldn’t have been able to do if he’d stayed with us.

“He’s fitted in well. Him and Leone [Nakarawa] became best friends, he’s worked hard, and we’ve seen some cracking performances from him.

"We know there’s still a bit of improving to do, and we really want to work hard with him over the next few months so he gets into the team, fights for his place in the team and plays well.”