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.
“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.”