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 and confirmed today (Wednesday 24 June) by new Head Coach Danny Wilson.
Nakarawa — Warrior number 224 — 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 — being 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 De Janeiro in 2016.
On 2 January 2020 it was announced that Nakarawa had put pen-to-paper on a deal that would see him return to Scotstoun until the end of the season, describing the club as a his “family” and “home away from home”.
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British & Irish Lions predicted 2021 starting XV according to the bookies
Fullback: LIAM WILLIAMS (Wales 4/7)
Other contenders: Stuart Hogg (Scotland 4/6), Jordan Larmour (Ireland EVS), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales 5/1), George Furbank (England 7/2)
Left wing: JONNY MAY (England 1/25)
Other contenders: Jacob Stockdale (Ireland 1/3), Adam Radwan (England 40/1), Jack Nowell (England 11/4), Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales 13/8)
Outside-centre: JONATHAN DAVIES (Wales 1/3)
Other contenders: Henry Slade (England 5/6), Garry Ringshow (Ireland 4/6), Jonathan Joseph (England 13/8), Chris Harris (Scotland 20/1), Huw Jones (Scotland 6/1)
Inside-centre: MANU TUILAGI (England 1/3)
Other contenders: Robbie Henshaw (Ireland 5/6), Hadleigh Parkes (Wales 5/4), Sam Johnson (Scotland 9/2)
Right wing: JOSH ADAMS (Wales 1/18)
Other contenders: Anthony Watson (England 4/6), George North (Wales 2/1), Elliot Daly (England 10/11), Joe Cokanasiga (England 3/1), Keith Earls (Ireland 9/2)