Niko Matawalu and Alex Allan join list of Scotstoun departures

Niko Matawalu
Niko Matawalu on his way to scoring a try for Glasgow. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

BOTH Niko Matawalu and Alex Allan will leave Glasgow at the end of the season, the Warriors have announced. The departure of the two long-serving players comes in the week of the retirement of Tommy Seymour and Chris Fusaro, as head coach Danny Wilson continues his rebuilding of the squad.

For Matawalu, now 32, the departure will bring to an end a second spell at Scotstoun. The Fijian international first joined the team in 2012, leaving for England in the summer following Glasgow’s PRO12 title triumph. After a season with Bath and another with Exeter, he rejoined in 2017. Primarily a scrum-half during his first spell with the Warriors, Matawalu has often featured on the wing since rejoining in 2017, with his versatility often consigning him to a place on the bench. 

“When I first joined Glasgow Warriors in 2012 the biggest thing that stood out to me was the culture that the players created. I loved how the club had clans, traditions and customs – all like Fiji,” he said on the Warriors website. “A lot of things have changed over my years here but what makes Glasgow Warriors special hasn’t.

“Glasgow is my second home and I feel an immense sense of pride to have been part of this wonderful club. Every time I pulled on the Warriors jersey the most important thing for me was to enjoy every moment. I’m ready to experience something new outside of Glasgow, but I will miss and look back fondly on my time working and playing with all of my babies.”

Allan, who has eight Scotland caps, has been part of the Glasgow squad since 2014. Now 29, the loosehead prop has, like Matawalu, made more than 100 appearances in a Warriors jersey. “I am immensely proud to have represented Glasgow Warriors,” he said on the team’s website.  There have been some incredible moments over the last seven years both on and off the pitch. I have been fortunate enough to be part of some incredible victories and I wish the team the best for the future.”

Wilson said: “Niko and Alex have both been fantastic servants to the club. They depart as centurions and should be celebrated for their achievements. Both are good club men and we wish them all the best for the future.”

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4 Comments

  1. Both great servants of the club and sad to see them go. My favourite Niko moment was watching him race the length of the pitch from his own line vs Leinster only to pass to Grigg right at the other end for a bonus after 24 mins. Felt like retribution for stealing Hoggy’s hat-trick and it was simply magic

  2. I will be sorry to see both go. Memories of Nico beating Hoggy to a try by diving fingertips after the two of them raced 90m and Alex sidestepping the opposition defensive line and scoring a solo try under the posts are tucked away.
    I absolutely loved the numerous bomb scare moments during Nico’s first stint when absolutely no one on the pitch or in the stadium knew whether he would win or loose us the game by trying some madness, worth the season ticket money alone.
    Also never forget there would have been no title in 2015 if Nico hadn’t ……errr….manufactured a penalty in the dying minutes against Ulster in that semi final.
    Good luck to you both.

  3. Sorry to see Nico going, many great games over the years and end to end tries. Glasgow managed to get the best out of him. There have been a lot of our big names retiring this year, both from Glasgow or the other teams they ended up at. Glasgow seem to be in a re-building process, lets hope it bear’s fruit next season, this one has been poor.

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