Fijian star Nayalo signs for Edinburgh

Edinburgh have further strengthened their options in the back-row with the signing of Fijian flanker Senitiki Nayalo.

The 6ft 2in, 18 stone former London Irish star has penned a two-year deal and will link up with the squad when they report back for pre-season training this week.

On joining the club, Nayalo, said: “I'm so happy to sign for Edinburgh. It’s a new chapter of my rugby career and I can't wait for a new start. Edinburgh is a beautiful city and I’m really looking forward to the season ahead.”

Head Coach Richard Cockerill, added: “We’re delighted that Senitiki has chosen to join Edinburgh and be part of what we’re building here. He’s an abrasive and powerful ball carrier, who will undoubtedly add strength and depth to our back-row.”

Nayalo, 26, cut his teeth with Noitoga Rugby Club in Fiji before making the move to the UK to join the British Army in 2013.

Whilst serving with the 7th Parachute Royal Horse Artillery based in Colchester, the back-row featured for Harlequins in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s series in 2014 and 2015 as well as the World Club 7s Series in 2014.

Nayalo joined English Championship side London Irish in 2016 and made an immediate impact; scoring three tries in 15 appearances to help the exiles make a return to the Aviva Premiership.

In what was the 100th meeting between the two unions, the Fijian represented the Army against the Navy during last year’s annual Inter-Services derby at Twickenham.