Glasgow sign impressive Fiji loose forward

Date published: July 18 2019

Glasgow Warriors have signed Jale Vakaloloma on a two-year contract, subject to visa and medical, the PRO14 outfit announced on Thursday.

The 22-year-old predominately plays as a back-row but is also comfortable playing in the second-row.

Vakaloloma, who is also known as Jale Railala, was named in the Fiji Rugby World Cup training squad in May 2019 following a number of impressive performances in Queensland Premier Rugby in Australia.

The 6’5” Fijian’s form for Easts Rugby Union saw him selected to represent Brisbane City in Australia’s National Rugby Championship, playing alongside established internationals such as Quade Cooper and Karmichael Hunt.

A call-up to the Fiji Warriors was a highlight of 2018 for the loose forward, coming off the bench in each of their matches at the 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge.

Vakaloloma will join fellow Fijians, Niko Matawalu and Mesu Dolokoto, at Scotstoun next season.

“This is a great opportunity for me to play with a top European side and I can’t wait to get started,” he said.

“Working under the coaching team led by Dave Rennie can only improve my game and I know many Fijians have gone to Glasgow and been successful and I hope to follow in their footsteps.

“At the moment my focus is on training hard and once I travel over to Scotland I will work even harder to earn a place in the team.”

Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie said: “We’re hugely excited by Jale’s raw talent and believe he has the potential to grow into an excellent player in our environment.

“He is a really impressive athlete; dynamic, powerful and skilful. He’s extremely dangerous in open play and his versatility will be important for our squad depth, especially in a World Cup year.

“He has been a standout player in club footy in Australia and we’re looking forward to him making the step up with us this season.”