GLASGOW WARRIORS appear to have pulled off a major coup by securing the services of Leone Nakarawa for the rest of the season.
Nakarawa left Paris for Fiji yesterday after visiting the Racing 92 ground to bid farewell to his former team-mates and empty his locker. According to reports in the French media, he will fly into Glasgow after spending Christmas with his family.
Although Warriors have not yet confirmed the deal, Philippe Tayeb, president of Bayonne, the other club in the hunt for Nakarawa’s signature, issued a statement admitting that the player would not be joining the Basque outfit. And, in the same communication, he said that the Fijian lock would be heading back to Scotland.
“After having given a verbal agreement on Saturday December 7 that confirmed he was coming, Leone Nakarawa has gone back on his decision and has decided not to follow up on the offer we made him. We would have loved to welcome the player into our ranks but we fully respect his choice to re-join his former club Glasgow Warriors,” said Tayeb.
It is understood that the deal with Warriors will see him join his ex-colleagues at Scotstoun on 1st January. He has not yet committed for next season and already there is speculation over where he may end up, with Bath, Harlequins and Toulouse said to be interested in securing his services, while Warriors will also be keen to hold onto him if he performs well over the coming months.