Nikola Matawalu

Niko Matawalu, who originally joined Glasgow Warriors in season 2012/13, rejoined the club at the end of August 2017.

The flying Fijian provided many a memorable moment in his first season back at Scotstoun, including setting up an unforgettable try for Nick Grigg against Leinster, in which Matawalu ran from his own in-goal area into the Leinster 22.

The utility back had spells at Bath and Exeter Chiefs before returning to the club, having last played for the Warriors in the club’s 31-13 triumph over Munster in the 2014/15 Guinness PRO12 Final.

After signing for Glasgow in the summer of 2012, Matawalu established himself as a firm favourite amongst the supporters during his first spell at the club, with his pace and flair producing several memorable moments in both domestic and European action.

He is able to boast an impressive strike-rate in Warriors colours, crossing the whitewash 24 times in his 74 appearances in his previous spell for the club.

Matawalu was a key figure in the Warriors title-winning campaign in the 2014/15 season, scoring six tries in his sixteen appearances and providing valuable options due to his versatility, being able to play on the wing or at scrum-half.

His form in a Warriors shirt saw him named the club’s McCrea Financial Services Player of the Season twice in three years, with his electric running and quick thinking winning him many admirers amongst the Scotstoun faithful.

The scrum-half’s performances on the international stage have brought him significant praise, having been vital to Fiji’s 2015 Pacific Nations Cup success.

Capped 32 times for his country, Matawalu caught the eye at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, only being denied a spectacular try against England in the opening game of the tournament by the TMO.

The man from Suva can also lay claim to an impressive record in sevens, being named player of the tournament in Fiji’s Hong Kong Sevens win in 2012 as well as helping Glasgow to Melrose Sevens success in 2014 and 2015.

Stats

Caps
94
Tries
31
Starts
53
Conversions
0
Replacements
41
Penalty goals
0
Points
155
Drop goals
0
Position: 
Scrum-half/Wing
D.O.B.: 08/03/89
Height: 5ft 10in
Weight: 85kg
Twitter: @Nmatawalu