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Signing: Glasgow Warriors recruit Italian flyer Leonardo Sarto

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Glasgow Warriors have today unveiled their replacement for departing winger Taqele Naiyaravoro in the form of Italian fastman Leonardo Sarto. He joins the club on a two year contract, subject to medical, and brings with him an impressive try scoring record having notched up 6 so far for his native Italy.

Italy’s wing Leonardo Sarto scores the first try during a Pool D…

Italy’s wing Leonardo Sarto scores the first try during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Italy and Romania at Sandy Park in Exeter, soutwest England, on October 11, 2015. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Sarto scoring against Romania at the Rugby World Cup

The 24 year old from Verona currently plays for Zebre in the Pro12 and has been a regular for Italy since his try scoring debut against Scotland in 2013.

[blockquote author=”Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend” pull=”normal”]” “Leonardo has been one of the best wingers in the GUINNESS PRO12 over the past few seasons and has an ability to break tackles”[/blockquote]

He has speed to burn as he showed against Wales last year

When asked about joining the Warriors he said: “I’ve always known Glasgow is a great club and I know Simone Favaro is enjoying it there. I hear the fans love him and I hope I will have a similarly good relationship with them when I move over”.

With Taqele Naiyaravoro returning to Australia at the end of the season, and with last season’s losses of Sean Maitland and to London Irish and fan favourite DTH van Der Merwe to the Scarlets, this signing is much needed if the Warriors want to remain competitive in the Pro12 and European competitions.

Taqele Naiyaravoro of Glasgow Warriors is tackled by Wenceslas Lauret…

Taqele Naiyaravoro of Glasgow Warriors is tackled by Wenceslas Lauret and Remi Tales of Racing 92 during the European Rugby Champions Cup pool 3 match between Glasgow Warriors and Racing 92 at Rugby… Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

He has some gigantic boots to fill

As it stands he will be battling it out for one of the two wing spots with Tommy Seymour, Sean Maitland, Lee Jones, Junior Bulumakau and Rory Hughes.

[blockquote author=”Leonardo Sarto” ]”I wanted to move to the UK as I know the standard of rugby is high and I want to improve my game. Joining a club like Glasgow will help me do that.”[/blockquote]


What do you think? Is this a good signing for Glasgow? Let us know in the comments below.

Credit: Glasgow Warriors and 6 Nations Rugby

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  1. Why? Another foreign player over paid and over here, how on earth do we develop young players without giving them game time? Not surprised by this, but very disappointed in the lack of forward thinking and planning

  2. I think that the people criticising the signing of an overseas player need to have a reality check.
    The current Scottish U20 and U18 squads have a large number of guys who have chosen to continue their rugby development in England in their academy structure such as Hastings, Nairn, Eastgate, Craig etc. There are also about 10 guys in/around the full international side that play club rugby outside Scotland.
    The good quality imports that are coming in like Sarto, VDM, Matawalu, Nakarawa, Manu etc make our club sides more competitive and therefore raise the profile of the game, hence making it more appealing to youngsters who then take the sport up.
    Given the small crowds who watch our pro-sides then we’ll always lose a large number of pro-players to England and France and there will always be opportunities for young talent to develop at Edinburgh/Glasgow IF they are good enough.

    • Both professional squads are packed with scots. I really don’t see the issue with bringing in good quality players like manu, nakawara and sartu. If anything these guys will help the young boys along. Good signing.

    • Paul Lockier so which Scottish youngsters who deserve game time are currently being denied it? The likes of Ritchie, Bradbury, Kinghorn, Malcolm, Cummings, Fagerson are proof that youngsters are being given a chance if they are good enough.

    • Over the last few years the number of scots in both starting 15s has declined as has the number in the overall squad, how is that and increasing that trend good for scottish rugby? I would say its people suppirting the signing of foreign players that need a reality check, it hasnt bought us any european success has it? So why do it if results dont follow? It genuinly baffles me this

    • I am not criticising signing foreign players, just particular ones and am upset in losing DTH. Not being negative. I am fully behind the team but it doesn’t negate me from having an opinion. Sorry Colin Ross if you think I don’t know enough. A teensy bit patronising.

    • Glasgow have 7 NSQ players in a squad of about 53 and Edinburgh 10 NSQ from a similar sized squad. You can argue that some of those foreign imports aren’t really raising the overall standards of the squads and I’d probably agree with those sentiments but if you are saying that the likes of VDM, Matawalu, Nakarawa, Manu etc are detrimental to the development of Scottish players then I’d wholeheartedly disagree.

  3. Not sure why the complaints when Glasgow have developed so many of the current top Scottish internationals and are continuing doing so very well too… A few overseas marquee signings will do little harm, not to mention the squad rotation at the club is also very good. Silly to see people hopping on the bandwagon of negativity without even knowing enough.

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