Rugby

Nakarawa’s Recruitment Is To Spark Ulster’s Campaign: Ferris

"If I was a punter I would pay the entrance feel to watch him alone. He is that good and brings that much 'X factor'. It's a huge signing."
04 Feb 2021 14:07
Nakarawa’s Recruitment Is To Spark Ulster’s Campaign: Ferris
Leone Nakarawa. in action for Glasgow Warriors during the PRO14 competition. Photo: Planet Rugby

Veteran Flying Fijians lock Leone Nakarawa should provide the spark to fire-up the Ulster rugby side.

That was the view of former Ulster, Ireland and Lions back row Stephen Ferris.

Ferris told BBC Sport, that he believes Nakarawa can offer Ulster a missing ‘X factor’ for big games.

The 32-year-old Fijian will arrive from Glasgow at the end of this season on a one-year deal as a likely replacement for the departing Marcell Coetzee.

“I think he (Nakarawa) will probably fit into Ulster’s game plan a little bit better than Coetzee,” said Ferris. “He is a completely different player than Coetzee.”

“He will give you a bit of gain-line but he has so much more to his game, his offloading ability, getting the ball in behind the defence.

“He’s a bit of a jack-in-the-box as well. When you look at the big games against the likes of Munster and Leinster and the big European teams I think Ulster need a little more ‘X factor’.

“That one-dimensional approach sometimes doesn’t cut it against really strong defences.”

Nakarawa has been with Glasgow since 2013 and has been regularly employed in the second row as well as the back row.

“He is a world class rugby player and athlete and his offloading ability is miles better than anyone I have seen,” argued Ferris.

“If I was a punter I would pay the entrance feel to watch him alone. He is that good and brings that much ‘X factor’. It’s a huge signing.”

 

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