Glasgow Warriors sign Scots-qualified centre Sione Tuipulotu

24-year-old Australian has a Glaswegian grandmother

Australian-born Scottish-qualified centre Sione Tuipulotu has joined Glasgow Warriors
Australian-born Scottish-qualified centre Sione Tuipulotu has joined Glasgow Warriors

GLASGOW WARRIORS have added Australian-born, Scottish-qualified centre Sione Tuipulotu to their roster for next season, on a contract which will run for the usual undisclosed period of time.

The 24-year-old – who qualifies for Scotland through his Glaswegian grandmother – joins the Scotstoun outfit from Yamaha Jubilo, who play in the Japanese ‘Top League’, having previously spent four season on the books with the Melbourne Rebels 2016 and 2019.

He is a former Australian Schoolboys cap and played three years with Australia Under-20s at the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Junior World Championships in, scoring a brace against a Scotland side containing future team-mates Scott Cummings, Zander Fagerson and Robbie Nairn in the 2016 tournament.


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“I’m really excited for the next chapter in my rugby journey,” said Tuipulotu. “I’ve been talking to Danny for quite some time and for this to come to fruition is pretty exciting.

“I’ve been enjoying my rugby in Japan and I’m looking to give it my all this season before coming to Glasgow.

“I think my play style suit the Warriors’ style. I’m a bit of a rugby nerd and I’ve watched a lot of their games – I’ve heard a lot about the speed of the Scotstoun pitch and I’m looking forward to playing that attacking fast style of rugby.

“I’m absolutely fizzing to get over to Scotland, earn the boys respect and get the season underway.”

Warriors head coach Danny Wilson said: “Sione is an exciting talent. He’s Scottish-qualified, and a really physical and powerful ball carrier who can play both centre and wing.

“His skill set and play style compliments the way we want to play. We’re look forward to welcoming him to Scotstoun in summer.”


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12 Comments

  1. Stop this now before it is too late. Scottish rugby should stand or fall through its own efforts and not a pathetic attempt to buy success. The target should be four regional teams like Ireland and Wales thereby allowing sufficient headroom for home grown players.

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    • Whilst agreeing with sentiment of developing home grown players through domestic pro teams the reality is we need some foreign signings to compete. These however need to be much more focused / selective than they have been in the past. Unfortunately Scottish rugby made a mess of transitioning into the pro era and as a consequence we now have a relatively low player base and poor finances compared to other home nations. Success on the pitch is crucial to attracting kids into the sport thereby growing player base and generating revenue. Hopefully we can incrementally grow both to the point we can afford a third pro team. (I don’t think four is realistic or even necessarily desirable – look at Ireland who have been trying to close down Connacht for years now). I would like to see a lot more movement between Glasgow and Edinburgh as a means of player development – e.g. Bradbury currently getting no game time at Edinburgh would be a great addition to Glasgow – similarly Some Glasgow players might do better at Edinburgh etc.

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  2. I’m sorry but these signings leave me cold. Scottish qualified or not. I’m a cynic but he’ll come here, maybe get a cap and then leave for a wealthier club in England or France. It seems a long time ago now but I remember the joy watching a club game in Edinburgh and at half time we got the message over the tannoy to say Andrew Dall had just been subbed on in Paris or wherever for his first cap. Aye, those were the days.

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  3. Another potentially fantastic signing by Wilson, Glasgow, Dodson and the SRU. Scots Qualified also.

    Hopefully he improves competition for our homegrown talent to compete against also.

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  4. According to the last published Board minute, the expected deflation in player wages had not come to pass, largely due to player markets in France and Japan remaining buoyant, so what do we do, go and sign a player from Japan where the player market is “buoyant”.

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    • He’s quite young, uncapped and unlikely to have been signed in competition with pro14 or french/English club rivals. So why do you think he’s going to be commanding a high salary. Looks very much to me like one of the SRUs rugby risks.

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      • exactly what he is. Went to Japan as a 20yo. Played few games, looks as if he could be developed a bit more, but he’ll be cheap as chips right now. If he adds something, great, and even if then moved on, still adds to the pool available to Scotland

  5. Has played at inside and outside centre mostly. Played at a national level up to U20’s for Samoa and Australia. Judging by what I have seen he looks to be fast and it appears a theme is emerging with Wilsons new recruits from the southern hemisphere.

    Fast for 100kg’s, strong in the tackle and a high level of ball handling skills.

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    • Potential starting team next season:

      Cole Forbes – Tommy Seymour – Kyle Steyn – Sam Johnson – Josh McKay – Ross Thompson – Ali Price – Matt Fagerson – Tom Gordon – Jack Dempsey – Scott Cummings (Captain) – Richie Gray – Zander Fagerson – George Turner – Oli Kebble

      Sione Tuipolotu – Duncan Weir – George Horne – Ryan Wilson – Kiran Mcdonald – Simon Berghan – Fraser Brown – Jamie Bhatti

      Looks to be a better balanced than this season and better bench depth. Definitely spots up for grabs in the centre and Back-Three which will be exciting.

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