Taqele Naiyaravoro itching to make Glasgow Warriors debut

Taqele Naiyaravoro has now trained with his new Glasgow Warriors team-mates
Taqele Naiyaravoro has now trained with his new Glasgow Warriors team-mates

Glasgow Warriors' new signing Taqele Naiyaravoro hopes to make his debut against Newport Gwent Dragons in the Pro12 at Scotstoun on Friday.

"I'm very excited and glad to finally be here. It's been a long process, but it's all good," said the Fiji-born Australia international winger.

"I'd like to be involved in the game on Friday night, after missing the game last week (against Munster).

"It will be an honour to play my first game for this club at the home ground."

Naiyaravoro, who has signed a three-year contract with the Warriors, made his Australia debut against the USA last month, scoring a try with his first touch after coming off the bench.

And during the summer the 23-year-old represented the Barbarians and scored three tries for a World XV against Japan.

He said: "It's been a hectic few months travelling around the world and playing in different teams and in different atmospheres. It's been electrifying but I just couldn't wait to get here.

"It's been a really good playing with big names and legends of the game."

The former Waratahs winger is looking forward to developing his game under head coach Gregor Townsend and to playing in the Pro12 and European Rugby Champions Cup.

Having spent the past week getting to know his new team-mates, he added: "Training has been tough but the boys have really helped me out a lot and the coaching staff and everybody have really opened their arms to me.

"It's a privilege and an honour to be here.

"Hard work pays off and I'm really excited about everything happening here.

"It's a good city and some people have already come up and asked me for pictures and it's amazing how everyone is clinging to their rugby and I'm excited to be representing this club."

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