Hull sign British Army recruit

Hull FC have have completed the signing of Ratu Naulago after a successful trial period with the Black and Whites.

The British Army recruit has been on trial with the club and his impressive form on the wing for the reserves has earned him a full-time contract.

Naulago has been granted release from active service to pursue his chance in rugby league and could replace injured winger Matty Dawson-Jones who is out for the season.

The Fijian born rugby union convert recently helped Saracens to the Premiership 7s title and has represented the British Army on the international stage in both the 15-man code, as well as 7s rugby.

“It’s a massive achievement for me to sign for a professional club and I’m really happy to be here at Hull FC,” Naulago told the club’s website.

“I have been here for a few months now and everybody has been so welcoming to me. I think that has helped me settle down and play some good rugby.

“I’m really looking forward to the next few months ahead and seeing if I can have a shot at playing for the first team.”

Hull head coach Lee Radford has been actively looking for a winger following the season-ending injury to Dawson-Jones and he is delighted to have secured a quick replacement.

“He is still pretty new to the game but he has adapted well,” Radford said.

“We watched a lot of him in rugby union and 7s so we know what he is about and we’re looking forward to him making great strides.

“He’s got a great skill set for a winger and his military and rugby 7s background means he is very fit. I’m looking forward to watching him grow at our club.”