Rugby League sensation Pte Ratu ‘Siva’ Naulago will switch codes and join Bristol Bears. The Fijian-born flyer has scored an impressive 17 tries in 21 appearances for Hull FC, including a double in the 2020 Super League campaign opener versus Leeds Rhinos.
“When Conor and I spoke to Siva we were really impressed by his determination and reasons to succeed but also his willingness and humility to want to help those around him succeed as well. We believe he will fit in very well to our Bears Team systems and structures on and off the field as well as the demands of the Premiership.” said Director of Rugby Pat Lam.
Lt Col Badger Miller, Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion of The Yorkshire Regiment, said: “Professionalism, Teamwork and Sporting excellence have always been central to the ethos of The Yorkshire Regiment. It is with great pleasure and huge pride to see Private Siva Naulago welcomed into the Bristol Bears family.”
Pte Naulago, commented on his new signing and added: “I’m delighted to have signed for Bristol Bears for the next few seasons. Pat has put together a great squad in recent years and the team are really starting to make their mark both in the English Premiership and European competitions. They play a really attractive brand of rugby which I think will suit me and get the best out of me as a player.”
“I would like to thank Hull FC for the opportunity they gave me in professional rugby – I will always be thankful for that. I have loved my time at the club and the fans have made me feel very welcome. I hadn’t considered playing anywhere else in rugby league. I have too much respect for the club and for what they have done for me, so leaving for another Super League team was never an option.”
“I would also like to thank the Army for their continued support with my rugby career which I’m extremely grateful for.”
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