Satala signs up for Leeds

Struggling Leeds Carnegie have strengthened their playing squad with the signing of Fijian Apolosi Satala on a one-year contract.

Satala, who is a private in the British Army serving with The Royal Scots, has represented Fiji at Sevens and as a full international.

And the powerful centre seems poised to make his Guinness Premiership debut after being named in Stuart Lancaster’s squad for Friday’s clash with Newcastle Falcons.

Leeds, having lost their opening three fixtures this season, travel to Kingston Park without twelve first-team players due to injury or unavailability.

Therefore, Satala, who can also play on the flank, has been named on the bench for the trip.

The unique contract enables the centre to continue as a serving soldier in the British Army and will allow him to play in selected games for the Army.

“I am delighted we have reached an agreement with the Army and thank them for their flexibility in allowing Appo this opportunity,” said Director of Rugby Lancaster, speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“Appo has settled in well into the club and is getting up to speed with the game plan and structures we have in place at the club.”

365 Digital

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