Northampton Saints Sign Wallaby International Winger
The beast is back up north.
Northampton Saints can today confirm the signing of wing Taqele Naiyaravoro from the NSW Waratahs. The 26-year-old Fijian-born Australia international will join the club for the the 2018-19 season and beyond.
125kg Naiyaravoro is widely known in the Southern Hemisphere for his immense ball-carrying ability – but Scottish rugby fans will remember his turn north of the border when he scored nine tries in 22 appearances for Glasgow Warriors during the 2015-16 season.
And while he will not arrive at Franklin’s Gardens until later this year, Naiyaravoro is already relishing the thought of a new challenge in the Aviva Premiership.
“I’m thrilled to be able to return to the UK and join a massive Club in Northampton Saints,” he said.
“The squad is already filled with talent and I can’t wait to arrive and try to develop further as a player.
“The Club is heading in a really exciting direction with the likes of Chris Boyd and Dan Biggar arriving next year, and I hope I can be a part of a push for more silverware at Franklin’s Gardens.”
Naiyaravoro made his Australia debut back in 2015 against the USA in Chicago, replacing his then-teammate at the Waratahs, Rob Horne – who he will now join at Franklin’s Gardens.
And having witnessed Naiyaravoro’s talents in Super Rugby, Saints technical coaching consultant Alan Gaffney is eager to see the same explosive player next season when he dons Black, Green and Gold.
“Taqele Naiyaravoro is an immense talent and we feel that he can really fulfil his sizeable potential at Saints,” he commented.
“He clearly boasts the physical attributes to cause teams a lot of problems in the Aviva Premiership and in Europe – and he showed that during his time with Glasgow.
“Taqele already has a relationship with Rob Horne having played with him at the Waratahs and I’m sure he will make a massive impact when he slots into the back-line next year.”