Saturday, February 8, 2014

Niua Headed To Glasgow Warriors

Yet another American is headed overseas. Eagles head coach Mike Tolkin has informed TIAR that Folau Niua is headed to Scotland to sign with Glasgow Warriors. Niua is currently under contract with the Eagles 7s team and played a part in the Wellington 7s. When he lands with the Warriors it is unclear how Niua will be used by the club. He can play anywhere along the backline and has played fly-half and center for the Eagles (he play fly-half against Canada in the summer but then in the fall played in the centers and did very well). Either way, it will be a boost for the Eagles as they get ready to take on Uruguay in World Cup qualifying and then a big summer.

Glasgow sit in a decent position in the RaboDirect Pro12 table. Currently they are fifth, seven points out of a playoff spot, but have been higher in the table this year. However, they did not have a good Heineken Cup campaign and finished in last place. Also on the Glasgow roster is Canadian international DTH van der Merwe and former U.S.-eligible Tommy Seymour.

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In terms of Niua and his 7s future the door is still open. With only four tournaments left in the season the Eagles aren't going to finish in the top half of the table and will almost certainly avoid relegation. In many ways it makes more sense of Niua to try his hand in Europe and let some younger players gain experience. If he does not stay in Europe he will likely be able to return to the Eagles 7s.


  1. Curtis have we ever had a stretch like this with so many signings? (2013-2014)

    1. Not that I can recall. Typically after a World Cup several players will get signed. I really think that the play of Samu Manoa, as well as Canadians like Jeff Hassler and Tyler Ardron, is opening doors.