Glasgow sign USA number eight

Date published: May 22 2018

Glasgow have announced the signing of USA international number eight David Tameilau on a two-year contract, subject to visa and medical.

The 28-year-old will join the PRO14 side in July on a deal until May 2020.

Standing at 6ft 5in and weighing 122kg, Tameilau is a dynamic, ball carrying loose-forward.

Tameilau has represented the USA nine times, scoring two tries and was called up to the Men’s Eagles squad earlier this month for their June Test Series, which includes a game against Scotland next month.

He has previously played for San Francisco Rush in the American PRO Rugby competition and also had spells with Newcastle Falcons in the Premiership and Mitre 10 Cup side Taranaki.

Tameilau is the club’s third new signing ahead of the 2018/19 season after DTH van der Merwe rejoined in March and George Turner made his loan move from Edinburgh permanent at the start of the year.

“I’m really looking forward to joining Glasgow next season. I had a good chat with Dave (Rennie) and I feel he can take me to another level as a rugby player,” Tameilau told Glasgow Warriors’ website.

“I’m really good friends with Greg Peterson and he told me a lot of great things about the team and the environment and what they’re trying to accomplish. I heard nothing but good things from Greg about the club.

“It was great playing in France. It was tough rugby, but a good learning experience for me. I took a lot from being there and I’ve grown as a player as well. Playing in France has helped prepare me for going to Glasgow and I’m a better player for that experience.

“I’m really excited about playing in the European Rugby Champions Cup with Glasgow Warriors next season, it’s something I’ve been wanting to do since I moved to France and now I’ll have that opportunity.

“I hope to go to Glasgow and help the team in whatever way I can and continue to develop as a player and as a person.”

Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie said: “Tevita is a really opposing figure. He’s athletic, powerful and has the ability to break the gain line.

“He’s an exciting signing and will bring a point of difference. Glasgow fans will get a chance to see what he’s capable of this summer when Scotland play the USA.”