Leone Nakarawa signs new Glasgow contract

Date published: June 24 2020

Glasgow have announced that Fijian second-row Leone Nakarawa will remain at Scotstoun until June 2021, subject to visa, having signed a new deal with the Warriors.

Nakarawa needs no introduction to the Warriors supporters. He made his debut against Connacht in November 2013 and went on to be awarded man of the match in their victorious 2015 PRO12 final.

In 2016, Nakarawa moved to French Top 14 outfit Racing 92 where he continued to finesse his game and cement himself as a world-class lock — being named European Player of the Season at the end of the 2017/18 season.

Nakarawa’s accolades extend into the international game as well. The Fijian lock boasts 62 caps for his country: he was named in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Team of the Tournament and and won a gold medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

On 2 January 2020, it was announced that Nakarawa had put pen-to-paper on a deal that would see him return to Scotstoun until the end of the season, describing the club as 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 the 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 supporters. 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, the 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 offloads table. He sits joint fourth, with 10 offloads to his name, tied with Cardiff Blues stand-off Jarrod Evans, who’s played nine league games to date.

In his only other appearance since returning to the club in January, Nakarawa opened the scoring in the Scottish outfit’s 45-7 Champions Cup victory over Sale Sharks.

Nakarawa is currently in Fiji and will remain and train in the country until August as he awaits the birth of his child.