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Siva Naulago - everything you need to know

Fijian flyer, Siva Naulago will make the cross-code switch from Super League side, Hull FC this summer - here's everything you need to know about the latest star heading for Ashton Gate.


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Name: Siva Naulago
Born: Fiji
DOB: 06/08/91
Height: 1.83m
Weight: 95kg
Position: Wing 


The basics

How long is Naulago's contract?

Naulago has signed a two-year deal at Ashton Gate until 2022/23.

Who is he currently playing for?

Naulago currently plays Rugby League for Hull FC in Super League.


Naulago so far...

Siva Naulago’s journey to the Gallagher Premiership is a unique one, but the Fijian cross-code star, who took the Super League by storm with 17 tries in 21 appearances for Hull FC, is ready to unleash carnage in English rugby’s top-flight.

Super League stardom

A Private in the British Army, Naulago was still living in army barracks during his stint up north, where he wasted little time in announcing himself on the big stage, with two tries on debut against Wigan Warriors.

His whirlwind start at Hull continued with braces in wins over Huddersfield Giants and Leeds Rhinos, and a man of the match display on his Challenge Cup debut against Castleford Tigers.

Naulago has also enjoyed guest stints in rugby union, representing both Bath and Saracens in the Premiership Sevens, and the British Army in the Babcock Trophy at Twickenham.

But it was his Sevens prowess that caught the attention of the then Hull FC Head Coach, Lee Radford, who wasted little time in offering the winger an initial trial and then a one-year deal.

From there, Naulago has flourished, with Bristol Director of Rugby, Pat Lam pouncing to gain the signature of one of Super League’s hottest properties.

Army Strong

Siva Naulago’s passage to Ashton Gate is remarkable, having moved to the British Isles aged just 18 to join the armed forces.

He soon became a mortarman in the first battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment, before being stationed in Cyprus for two years and making a brief trip to Afghanistan.

Naulago put his military responsibilities on hold to pursue his rugby career and has been granted an extended leave by the Army, allowing him to take up his contract at Bristol Bears.

And Director of Rugby, Lam, is excited about the 28-year-old’s potential in the Gallagher Premiership: “With Siva being an EQP Rugby Union player and a British Army Soldier, we looked at him closely. 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 a lot of people are sitting up and taking notice of his spectacular performances.

“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.

“He will add quality depth to our backline and we thank the British Army for their co-operation and the incredible work that they do.”


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What he said

“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 was hugely impressed by the new training facilities and their aspirations and ambitions as a club. They want to be challenging at the top end of the game and there seems to be a real buzz around the city."

Siva Naulago