GLASGOW WARRIORS have signed USA Eagles number eight David Tameilau on a two-year contract, subject to visa and medical. The 28-year-old will join the Guinness PRO14 side in July on a deal until May 2020.
Tameilau is 6ft 5in, weighs 122kg and would seem to fit the bill as the sort of powerful ball-carrying loose-forward the team has been crying out for during a disappointing conclusion to the 2017-18 season.
He has represented the USA nine times, scoring two tries, and is set to play against Scotland when Gregor Townsend’s team tour the Americas next month.
The breakaway currently plays for Utah Warriors in Major League Rugby, having spent the previous two seasons with RC Narbonne in France’s Pro D2 (the second tier of French rugby).
Prior to joining Narbonne, Tameilau signed with Newcastle Falcons in 2016, only for his contract to be cancelled before he had played a game, with the American press reporting that he had failed to show up to pre-season training.
“I’m really looking forward to joining Glasgow next season. I had a good chat with Dave (Rennie) and I feel he can take me to another level as a rugby player,” said Tameilau.
“I’m really good friends with Greg Peterson and he told me a lot of great things about the team and the environment and what they’re trying to accomplish. I heard nothing but good things from Greg about the club.
“It was great playing in France. It was tough rugby, but a good learning experience for me. I took a lot from being there and I’ve grown as a player as well. Playing in France has helped prepare me for going to Glasgow and I’m a better player for that experience.
“I’m really excited about playing in the European Rugby Champions Cup with Glasgow Warriors next season, it’s something I’ve been wanting to do since I moved to France and now I’ll have that opportunity.
“I hope to go to Glasgow and help the team in whatever way I can and continue to develop as a player and as a person.”
Warriors head coach Rennie said: “Tevita is a really imposing figure. He’s athletic, powerful and has the ability to break the gain line.”
“He’s an exciting signing and will bring a point of difference. Glasgow fans will get a chance to see what he’s capable of this summer when Scotland play the USA.”