Folau Niua joins Glasgow Warriors until the end of the season
American centre Folau Niua joins Glasgow Warriors until the end of the season. Gareth Llewellyn-Stevens reports
Folau Niua will bring everything he has to the Pro12 after joining Glasgow Warriors until the end of the season.
The 29-year-old American centre, who is a regular on the rugby sevens circuit, has linked up with the Scottish club as a replacement for Gabriel Ascarate who left the club last week with a season-ending neck injury.
When I put a jersey on I give it everything that I have
Speaking to the Glasgow Warriors website on Monday afternoon, Niua said: “It’s good to finally be in Glasgow. As soon as I got the news that I was joining the club I was looking forward to it, so now that I’m here I’m getting closer to playing for the club.
“It’s nice to be back at Scotstoun. As soon as I got here it looked familiar as I’ve been here twice before with the USA sevens team, but now hopefully I can stay here for a while and I’m looking forward to the challenge.
“When I put a jersey on I give it everything that I have. I’ve been playing rugby since I was a kid and when I’ve got the jersey on me it’s like it’s part of me so I’ll bring everything I got and see what I can bring to the team.
“I’m really excited about this move, I know there are a lot of players out there who would like to be in my shoes right now. I just can’t wait to start playing for the club.”
The USA Eagles international has played in both codes as well as the sevens version of the game and has already set his sights on the possibility of staying beyond the summer.
“I’m really excited about this new challenge and I’m looking forward to playing in the RaboDirect PRO12 with Glasgow,” Niua said ahead of his arrival at Scostoun Stadium.
“I’ve played against [Warriors’ Fijians] Leone Nakarawa and Niko Matawalu on the sevens circuit and they’re very good players and I enjoyed playing at Scotstoun with the USA sevens team at the Glasgow 7s last year.
“I’m looking forward to training with my new teammates. I’ve been playing a lot of sevens recently, so I’m fit and ready to play games.
“It’ll be the first time I’ve played for a club in Europe, but if things go well I’d love to stay in Glasgow beyond this season. My goal is to go over there and do my best and see what happens.”
The announcement of Niua signing, subject to a visa and medical, comes on the same day the Warriors discovered the discovered that top try-scorer DTH van der Merwe will be out for six months after shoulder surgery.