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Samoa Under-20 international Brian Alainu'uese signs for Glasgow Warriors

Published 24/10/2016

Glasgow have signed Samoa Under-20 international Brian Alainu'uese
Glasgow have signed Samoa Under-20 international Brian Alainu'uese

Glasgow have signed Samoa Under-20 international Brian Alainu'uese on a deal until the end of the season.

The New Zealand-born 22-year-old arrives from Mitre 10 Cup outfit Waikato, although the move remains subject to visa and medical.

Alainu'uese is a product of Wesley College in Auckland, whose alumni include current All Black Malakai Fekitoa, Ulster's Charles Piutau and the late Jonah Lomu.

The giant 6ft 8ins lock played six times and scored three tries in his first season for Waikato and has stepped up to make two appearances for the Chiefs in Super Rugby.

Alainu'uese said: "I'm really excited about joining Glasgow.

"I've spoken to Chiefs coach Dave Rennie about the move and he told me great things about the club and it made me want to join.

"Everyone in New Zealand knows that Glasgow Warriors is a great club and there are good people here.

"I watched Corey Flynn playing when I was growing up and Jarrod Firth spent some time at the Chiefs, so it'll be good to get to know those boys, as well as the rest of the squad.

"From what I've seen Glasgow like to throw the ball around and play a fast game, and that's the way I like to play too.

"I'll give it my best over here and if an opportunity comes I'll take it. I just want to give my all for Glasgow."

Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: "Brian has a real physical presence and has played well for Waikato in the Mitre Cup this season.

"He has the ability to play an offloading game and will help our set-piece play.

"With Greg Peterson, Scott Cummings and Tjiuee Uanivi currently injured, we're delighted to secure the services of such a quality second row, and we're looking forward to integrating him into our squad."

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