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Naiyaravoro is backed to have a major impact on Northampton

Big hit: Taqele Naiyaravoro in his time at Glasgow Warriors
Big hit: Taqele Naiyaravoro in his time at Glasgow Warriors

By Duncan Bech

Northampton have signed Fijian-born Australian wing Taqele Naiyaravoro ahead of next season's Aviva Premiership.

Naiyaravoro, who weighs almost 20 stones, will leave Super Rugby team the Waratahs later this year and arrive at the Saints in time for their 2018-19 campaign.

The 26-year-old rugby league convert has won two caps for the Wallabies and scored nine tries in 22 appearances for Glasgow Warriors during a disappointing 2015-16 season in the Guinness PRO12 as it was then.

"Taqele is an immense talent and we feel that he can really fulfil his sizeable potential at Saints," technical coaching consultant Alan Gaffney said.

"He clearly boasts the physical attributes to cause teams a lot of problems in the Aviva Premiership and in Europe and he showed that during his time with Glasgow.

"Taqele already has a relationship with Rob Horne having played with him at the Waratahs and I'm sure he will make a massive impact."

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