Ulster call-off move to sign Leone Nakarawa

Leone Nakarawa was set to join Ulster ahead of the 2021/22 season
Leone Nakarawa was set to join Ulster ahead of the 2021/22 season
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Ulster have confirmed that they have called-off their move to sign Fiji international Leone Nakarawa for the 2021/22 season.

The decision follows after assessing the medical report of the 33-year-old, who was initially signed as a replacement for departing Marcell Coetzee.

Nakarawa started his professional career with Glasgow and also had a successful stint with Racing 92 but his form and fitness has dipped since he rejoined the Scottish regional club in 2020. He played for the club three times before returning back to Fiji during the lockdown before was sidelined with a knee injury.

“We can today confirm that, on receipt of a detailed medical report following an examination by the club at the weekend, Leone Nakarawa will no longer be joining Ulster Rugby for next season.

“This outcome is disappointing for both the player and Ulster Rugby, however, we will continue to build strongly with our preparations for next season. We wish Leone the very best for the future.

“Further updates on the 2021/22 season squad will be released in due course.”

Nakarawa played 62 Tests for Fiji since his international debut in 2009 and was part of their 2011, 2015 and 2019 World Cup campaigns.