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Saturday Jan 8, 2022

Tongan behemoth Fifita set to make Glasgow debut off the bench

They’re not quite ten-a-penny these days but wingers of the calibre of Glasgow’s latest signing Walter Fifita are in exceptionally high demand. And it’s easy to see why.

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Not long after tormenting Scotland’s defence in the 2021 end-of-year internationals for Tonga, Fifita is now back in the country with his new club, and is sure to provide more than his fair share of highlights reels in the process.

Standing at 6ft5 and weighing 120kg, Fifita is as bug as a back-rower with the speed of a back, meaning he is going to be incredibly difficult to put down.

Fifita is on the replacements’ bench for today’s United Rugby Championship match against the Ospreys at Scotstoun.

And Glasgow has been in search of experienced wingers in their squad since the retirement of Tommy Seymour and the departure of Niko Matawalu in recent years.

Fifita has shown through his time coming up the ranks of New Zealand provincial rugby that he has gas to burn and a good offload to compliment his ultimate strength…his strength.

He will become the fifth Tongan – and first Tongan back – to represent Glasgow Warriors, following in the footsteps of Ofa Fainga’anuku, Sila Puafisi, Siua Halanukonuka and Fotu Lokotui.

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If there’s one thing Fifita knows how to do well it’s playing to his strengths: “I love to carry the ball and hopefully I can show the fans what I can do on the field.”

Glasgow coach Danny Wilson reckons Fifita can be a standout figure for his squad going forward too.

“He’s a big, abrasive player who we believe can be a real asset to us out wide.

“We’re looking forward to fully integrating him into our environment ahead of the next block of fixtures, and we’re looking forward to seeing him perform in front of a packed out Scotstoun crowd.”

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So, if you’re watching any rugby today, make sure you cast an eye over Glasgow for a chance to see the big man in action.

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