Naulago agrees deal with Premiership Rugby Union outfit

Hull FC winger Ratu Naulago will leave the club at the end of the season as he opts to switch codes after agreeing a deal with a Premiership Rugby Union side.

The Fijian winger signed his first ever professional rugby contract last season after impressing the club whilst playing for the British Army’s Rugby Union sevens team.

The 28-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the 2020 season, and his reason for a move to Rugby Union is to be closer to his family in the south of England.

Naulago told the Hull FC club website: “I would like to thank Hull FC for the opportunity they gave me in professional rugby – I will always be thankful for that. I have loved my time here, everyone at the club has made me feel very welcome.

“I hadn’t considered playing elsewhere in rugby league. I have too much respect for the club and for what they have done for me, so leaving for another Super League team was never an option.

Naulago scored a try of the season contender in Hull’s opening round win at Leeds. Credit: News Images.

“This opportunity in Rugby Union will allow me to be back home with my wife and close friends which is really important to me. It has been a very difficult decision but it is a new challenge I am really looking forward to.”

Since joining the Black and Whites, Naulago has scored 17 tries in 23 appearances and will look to continue his form until his time with the club runs out at the end of the year.

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