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‘Tank On The Flank’ To Partner Radradra

He is a serving soldier in the British Army and has been given a temporary release from active service to pursue his opportunity in professional sport.
21 May 2020 10:42
‘Tank On The Flank’ To Partner Radradra
Ratu Siva Naulago.

Fijian-born United Kingdom rugby league star winger Ratu Siva Naulago has switched to union by signing up with Bristol Bears.

Dubbed the ‘Tank on the Flank’ Naulago is expected to pair up with fellow countrymen Semi Radradra, who is also a former National Rugby League (NRL) star.

Naulago had a prolific spell for Hull FC in Super League which saw him score 17 tries in 21 matches.

He is a serving soldier in the British Army and has been given a temporary release from active service to pursue his opportunity in professional sport.

He does have significant grounding in union having previously specialised in the 15-a-side code and represented Saracens in sevens, which led to Hull snapping him up and the conversion to League.

“I’m delighted to have signed for Bristol Bears for the next few seasons,” said the 28-year-old said, who had rejected a “long-term contract” to stay with Hull.

“Pat (Lam) has put together a great squad in recent years and the team is really starting to make its mark both in the English Premiership and European competitions.

“They play a really attractive brand of rugby which I think will suit me and get the best out of me as a player.

“I was hugely impressed by the new training facilities and their aspirations and ambitions as a club.

“Moving to Bristol means my wife and I will be close to family and friends also, which is very important to me.”

Naulago joins Radradra and Kyle Sinckler as three superstar arrivals for the Bears and his 10 years serving as a private for the British Army makes him an England qualified player.

“With Siva being an EQP rugby union player and a British Army soldier, we looked at him closely.

“He is incredibly fit, with great pace and an eye for the tryline.

“He’s been consistently outstanding in his relatively short time in Super League and that’s testament to the great work from the team at Hull FC.

“A lot of people are sitting up and taking notice of his spectacular performances,” stated Bears director of rugby Pat Lam on the club’s website.

Edited by Sereana Salalo

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