Rugby

Fiji's Matawalu secures Glasgow return

2017-08-31 13:52
Niko Matawalu (Getty)

London - Fiji scrumhalf Niko Matawalu has secured a return to Glasgow on a one-year contract with an option for a second year, the Scottish Pro14 club announced on Thursday.

The 28-year-old returns to Scotstoun after problematic spells with English Premiership sides Bath and Exeter, having previously spent three years at Glasgow between 2012 and 2015.

"I'm really looking forward to playing in front of the fans again," Matawalu said in comments on the Glasgow website. 

"It means so much to me. Glasgow Warriors was my first professional club and first club outside of Fiji and it's where I met a lot of good people." 

Matawalu, capped 32 times by Fiji, has endured a difficult time in England. 

Injuries restricted him to just 10 appearances for Bath and he subsequently joined Exeter last November, only to be released earlier this year after failing to make a single appearance.

He also appeared in court earlier this year after being accused of sexual assault, but was cleared of the charges earlier this month. 

"He's been out of footy for a fair amount of time, so the next month will be about getting his body right so that once he gets his opportunity, he's ready to fire," said Glasgow's new head coach Dave Rennie. 

"I've seen Niko play a lot of test footy for Fiji and for Glasgow Warriors, when they won the title too. He's a bit of a freak on the field. He's a game-breaker."

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