Glasgow Enlist New Zealand Centre

Glasgow have enlisted a New Zealand centre, Joe Naufahu, on an open-ended trial. The 24-year-old, who has been released by Leicester Tigers, is due to arrive in Glasgow this evening, and his first outing for his new club may be in the Bank of Scotland Pro Rugby Cup match against Edinburgh at Hughenden on Boxing Day."Joe could well be with us until at least the end of the season," David Jordan, Glasgow's chief executive, said today. "We knew he wanted to stay in British rugby even though he was released by Leicester, and we"re pleased to give him the chance to make his mark with us.'the 6ft, 14st 9lb centre has played rugby for New Zealand at various levels, though none that would tie him to his native country.Naufahu came to prominence in New Zealand rugby when he played for the national secondary schools XV while he was at Auckland Grammar School, and he was included in the New Zealand Schools" party that toured the UK in 1995. He joined Canterbury's junior ranks and in 1997 played for New Zealand under-19 team. A year later progressed to the New Zealand under-21 team. Also that year, 1998, he was inducted into the New Zealand Academy, the system where promising young players are fast-tracked over a three-year course. In 1999 he was in the New Zealand team who competed in the SANZAR under-21 tournament in Argentina, and he also played for New Zealand Universities.In the same season, 1999, Naufahu made his debut for Canterbury in New Zealand's National Provincial Championship. He again played for Canterbury in the NPC in 2001 as well as appearing for Canterbury Crusaders in the Super 12 under-23 tournament. He also played for Southland in the NPC, but he was back with Canterbury before he joined Leicester for the start of this season.Glasgow have enlisted a New Zealand centre, Joe Naufahu, on an open-ended trial. The 24-year-old, who has been released by Leicester Tigers, is due to arrive in Glasgow this evening, and his first outing for his new club may be in the Bank of Scotland Pro Rugby Cup match against Edinburgh at Hughenden on Boxing Day."Joe could well be with us until at least the end of the season," David Jordan, Glasgow's chief executive, said today. "We knew he wanted to stay in British rugby even though he was released by Leicester, and we"re pleased to give him the chance to make his mark with us.'the 6ft, 14st 9lb centre has played rugby for New Zealand at various levels, though none that would tie him to his native country.Naufahu came to prominence in New Zealand rugby when he played for the national secondary schools XV while he was at Auckland Grammar School, and he was included in the New Zealand Schools" party that toured the UK in 1995. He joined Canterbury's junior ranks and in 1997 played for New Zealand under-19 team. A year later progressed to the New Zealand under-21 team. Also that year, 1998, he was inducted into the New Zealand Academy, the system where promising young players are fast-tracked over a three-year course. In 1999 he was in the New Zealand team who competed in the SANZAR under-21 tournament in Argentina, and he also played for New Zealand Universities.In the same season, 1999, Naufahu made his debut for Canterbury in New Zealand's National Provincial Championship. He again played for Canterbury in the NPC in 2001 as well as appearing for Canterbury Crusaders in the Super 12 under-23 tournament. He also played for Southland in the NPC, but he was back with Canterbury before he joined Leicester for the start of this season.