Halanukonuka signs with Glasgow

Tongan international and Highlanders prop Siosiua Halanukonuka has signed to play for the Glasgow Warriors.

Subject to visa and medical approval, the 30-year-old will join Glasgow in October at the end of his season with the Tasman Makos in New Zealand’s provincial rugby competition.

The 120kg prop made his debut for Tonga in 2014, appearing off the bench in a 23-9 win over Georgia.

He has since gone on to win six caps for his country and featured in their famous 19-17 victory over Italy last November.

Halanukonuka first played for the Highlanders in 2016 and made 26 appearances for the Super Rugby franchise with his final cap coming in this year’s quarter-final loss to the Crusaders

He’ll be familiar with at least one of his new teammates in Scotland, having lined up against Tommy Seymour during the Highlanders’ 23-22 victory over the British and Irish Lions in July.

Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, Halanukonuka said he was eager to bring his family to Glasgow.

“It’s a team aiming for titles and big things which excites me,” he said.

“I’ve heard about their loyal supporters and the great club atmosphere and I look forward to being a part of this in the near future.”

Glasgow’s assistant coach Jonathan Humphreys said Halanukonuka would be a great addition to the squad and would, “add to the competition at tight-head.”

Source: RadioNZ