Glasgow Warriors have announced that Fijian second row Leone Nakarawa will remain at Scotstoun until summer 2021, subject to visa, in a deal penned prior to the coronavirus lockdown.
Nakarawa, who is currently in his native Fiji and expected to remain there until August, needs no introduction to the Warrior Nation.
He made his Glasgow Warriors debut against Connacht in November 2013 and went on to be awarded Player of the Match in Glasgow Warriors’ victorious 2015 Guinness PRO12 final.
In 2016, Nakarawa moved to French TOP14 outfit Racing 92 where he continued to finesse his game and cement himself as a world-class lock – and was named European Player of the Season at the end of the 2017/18 season.
Nakarawa’s accolades extend into the international game as well. The Fijian lock boasts 62 caps for his country; he was named in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Team of the Tournament; and won a gold medal as a part of the Fiji squad that won the first Olympic rugby sevens event in Rio in 2016.
On 2 January, Glasgow confirmed Nakarawa would return to the club after he was sacked by Racing 92 for failing to return on time following the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
‘His reputation as an attacking threat goes before him’
Head Coach, Danny Wilson welcomed Nakarawa’s contract extension saying, “Leone is a world-class rugby player and a really exciting addition to Warriors squad for next season.
“His reputation as an attacking threat goes before him and as a coach I know from experience how difficult he is to prepare against.”
“Leone offers expertise and experience in a variety of positions in the pack and I know how popular he is with players and supports.
“I’m looking forward to working with him as we move forward into the new season and conclude the 2019/20 season.”
Since returning to Glasgow Warriors in January 2020, the 32 year-old has turned out for the club on just two occasions in the Guinness PRO14 but already appears in the top five of the league’s offloads table.
He sits joint fourth, with 10, tied with Cardiff Blues stand-off Jarrod Evans, who’s played nine league games.
In his only other appearance since returning to the club in January, Nakarawa opened the scoring in Glasgow Warriors 45-7 Heineken Champions Cup victory over Sale Sharks driving over from close range after just three minutes.
Image caption: Leone Nakarawa will be staying at Glasgow Warriors. Image credit: Scottish Rugby/SNS Group