GLASGOW Warriors have signed winger Junior Bulumakau from the British Army on a one-year contract.
The 24-year-old, who has been training with the Warriors for the last couple of months, played in the 28-10 defeat to Clermont Auvergne in the pre-season fixture in France last Friday and scored a spectacular try from the halfway line.
Junior was born in Fiji and moved to Scotland at the age of 10 with his parents. He has served as an infantryman with The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland since February 2010, deploying on overseas training exercises to Kenya and Cyprus.
He has played for Heriot’s in the BT Premiership while, in May, he scored a try for the British Army and was named man of the match in their 36-18 win over the Royal Navy in front of 80,000 supporters at Twickenham.
He becomes the second winger to join the club ahead of the new campaign, along with Taqele Naiyaravoro from the Waratahs, while Scotland 7s wingers Mark Robertson and Nyle Godsmark are training with the squad.
Bulumakau said: “It’s a huge honour to sign for the Guinness Pro12 champions and I’m really happy to be here.
“I’d like to thank Glasgow Warriors for taking me on trial and offering me a contract.
“Opportunities like this only come along once and you need to grab them.
“I enjoyed playing my first game for the club on Friday and I can’t wait to run out at Scotstoun.”
Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: “We’re delighted to welcome Junior from the British Army and he’s fitted in very well in our environment.
“He’s now officially joined us after training with us for most of pre-season and scored a cracking try in his first game for the club on Friday.
“Junior has a very good understanding of the game and has shown an excellent work ethic on and off the field.
“He will add further competition for places in our back three and we’re looking forward to seeing him challenge for a starting place over the next few weeks.”