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Glasgow Warriors sign Ratu Tagive to one-year deal

Published 15/11/2016

Ratu Tagive has signed a one-year deal at Scotstoun
Ratu Tagive has signed a one-year deal at Scotstoun

Glasgow have added Australian Ratu Tagive to their Scotstoun squad after handing the winger a one-year deal.

Tagive has switched from Down Under, where he has been playing in the Shute Shield club rugby competition for Eastern Suburbs.

The winger had previously spent time with the ACT Brumbies and gained invaluable experience as part of their Super Rugby squad.

The 23-year old's roots are in rugby league having spent time at NRL teams the Canterbury Bulldogs and Wests Tigers.

Standing at 6ft 3ins and weighing in at over 100kg, Tagive used his size and pace to score seven tries in 10 appearances for Eastern Suburbs last season.

He said: "There is so much to be excited about, especially seeing how well the team has started the season.

"My roots are in rugby league but I've spent a year at the Brumbies learning how to play union, surrounded by Wallabies and fantastic players and I'm really grateful to everyone there for everything they've done for me.

"Taqele Naiyaravoro is a really good mate of mine, we were together at the Wests Tigers. He was nice enough to give me a call last week and give me a bit of advice on what to expect.

"He only had good things to say about his experience at Glasgow and that was really reassuring.

"One thing I've noticed about watching Glasgow Warriors is their play is a lot more expansive than I anticipated, so it's really exciting and I can't wait to get started."

Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend added: "Ratu is quick and powerful and arrives at a good time with Leonardo (Sarto) out for a few months through injury.

"He has played at a good level in Australia and has shown that he has the ability to score tries and will help provide competition for places on the wing.

"I'm sure that he will develop within our environment and it won't take him long to look to get to grips with the style of rugby we play."

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