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Army Rugby Star Ratu Naulago Switches Codes To Sign For Premiership Club

The Fijian is swapping rugby league for rugby union and has joined Bristol Bears.

Army Rugby player Ratu Naulago has switched codes to join Premiership team Bristol Bears.

The Fijian has been in top form for rugby league team Hull FC, scoring 17 tries in 21 appearances, including a double against Leeds Rhinos in the opening match of the 2020 Super League season.

He has changed codes already in his career, as he appeared in the British Army's victory over the Royal Navy at Twickenham Stadium in 2019.

Naulago joins the West Country side as they sit third in the league table, but it is yet to be confirmed if the season will restart after the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Yorkshire Regiment personnel joins fellow Army team-mates Semesa Rokoduguni and Lewis Bean in the top division, as well as the Navy's Sam Matavesi and the RAF's Josh McNally.

Bristol Bears Director of Rugby, Pat Lam, said: "He is incredibly fit, with great pace and an eye for the try line.

"He’s been consistently outstanding in his relatively short time in Super League and that’s testament to the great work from the team at Hull FC. 

"A lot of people are sitting up and taking notice of his spectacular performances."

Cover image: Alligin Photography.