Kalione Nasoko will not join Edinburgh after failing medical

Fijian 7s captain was due to link up with capital club next month but has been prevented from doing so by a pre-existing injury

Richard Cockerill has expressed his disappointment at not being able to welcome Kalione Nasoko into the Edinburgh squad. Image: ©Fotosport/David Gibson

FIJIAN 7s captain Kalione Nasoko will not join Edinburgh next season after failing a medical examination of a pre-existing injury. The 28-year-old winger was due to join the club (subject to medical) next month but following additional testing from both the club’s and Fiji’s medical staff, it has been confirmed that he will not make the move.

“We’re obviously really disappointed that the deal won’t be going ahead as Kalione is clearly an exciting talent,” said Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill. “We also really feel for the player himself as he was looking forward to joining us.

“However, it has been decided, in collaboration with the club’s medical staff, that this is the best course of action in relation to the player’s overall wellbeing heading in to next season and beyond. We all wish Kalione the best moving forward.”

Nasoko was one of five players who committed to the club on their  ‘Magic Monday’ recruitment blitz on 25th March, alongside fellow Fijian wing Eroni Sau, South African hooker Mike Willemse, Australian back-five forward Nick Haining as new faces, plus Hamish Watson, who extended his existing contract.

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