Italy wing Sarto joins Glasgow

Date published: March 8 2016

Glasgow Warriors have signed Italian international winger Leonardo Sarto, subject to a medical.

The 24-year-old, who will arrive from PRO12 side Zebre, has signed a two-year deal with the Warriors keeping him at Scotstoun until May 2018.

Sarto has 26 caps for Italy and scored on his international debut against Scotland in June 2013. He has also scored for his country against Ireland, England, Wales and Romania.

He is now a regular for Italy and started all three Six Nations games against France, England and Scotland this season, as well as all four of their Rugby World Cup pool matches last year, scoring a try in the win over Romania. He has made 50 appearances for Zebre over the last four years.

Sarto told the Glasgow website: “Glasgow Warriors are a massive club and play a great style of rugby.

“I wanted to move to the UK as I know the standard of rugby is high and I want to improve my game. Joining a club like Glasgow Warriors will help me do that.

“I’ve always known Glasgow is a great club and I know Simone Favaro is enjoying it there. I hear the fans love him and I hope I will have a similarly good relationship with them when I move over."

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: “Leonardo has been one of the best wingers in the PRO12 over the past few seasons and has an ability to break tackles.

"He has also performed well at Test level and had an excellent all-round game against Scotland last month.

"He is somebody we've been tracking for a while and we're delighted that he has committed to us from next season.

"We believe that he will make further improvements in our environment and will add to the competition for places in our backline."