GLASGOW WARRIORS have recruited three-times capped Tongan winger Walter Fifita from New Zealand National Provincial Championship side North Harbour.
The 6ft 5ins, 18½ stone, 24-year-old arrived in Scotland over the weekend and is available for the club with immediate effect. He will compete against Rufus McLean, Kyle Steyn, Sebastian Cancelliere, Ratu Tagive when fit again, and Cole Forbes for game-time.
Fifita was born in New Zealand and qualifies for Tonga through family descent. He made his debut for the country off the bench against New Zealand in Auckland back in July [a 102-0 defeat], then appeared again as a replacement in a World Cup Qualifier against Somoa a fortnight later [37-15 defeat], before scoring a try on his first international start in another Qualifier against the Cook Islands a week after that [54-10 victory].
“I’m pretty stoked to be sign for Glasgow and start this new chapter in my career,” said Fifita. “I can’t wait to step out onto the field with these guys and I’m really happy.
“I’m really grateful for the opportunity and I want to thank both my agent and Glasgow for presenting me with it. Coming overseas was a big chance for me – I enjoyed my experience of it in the past when I was in Spain [he played the 2018-19 season for El Salvador], and I’m looking forward to making more memories.
“I love to carry the ball and hopefully I can show the fans what I can do on the field.”
Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Danny Wilson added: “We’re really excited to be able to bring Walter into our squad.
“He’s a big, abrasive player who we believe can be a real asset to us out wide.
“We’re looking forward to fully integrating him into our environment ahead of the next block of fixtures, and we’re looking forward to seeing him perform in front of a packed out Scotstoun crowd.”
BBC ALBA to show Scotland Women v Japan clash
Meanwhile, Scotland Women’s World Cup Qualifier warm-up clash against Japan at the DAM Health Stadium in Edinburgh on Sunday 14th November is to be shown live on BBC ALBA, it has been announced.
The fixture will be the side’s first outing since the recent Rugby World Cup 2021 Europe Qualifiers in Parma, where the squad kept their World Cup ambitions alive by finishing second in a four-team pool – ahead of Ireland and Spain and behind Italy – to book their place in a final qualifying tournament which is expected to take place in Dubai in January, also featuring Samoa, Colombia and one of Japan, Kazakhstan and Hong Kong with a chance to go the global get-together next October up for grabs.
Tickets for the Japan match go on sale today [Tuesday]. Click HERE.
Scotland Men’s four Autumn Test matches are being broadcast on Amazon Prime.
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