Ratu Naulago to leave Hull FC for rugby union

Drew Darbyshire

Hull FC winger Ratu Naulago will leave the club at the end of the season after agreeing a contract with Premiership rugby union club Bristol.

The 28-year-old’s contract with the Black and Whites expires at the end of the season and he has made the decision to return home closer to his family in the South West, despite having the opportunity to stay at Hull.

Naulago has scored 17 tries in 23 appearances for Hull since originally joining the club on trial after being spotted playing for the British Army rugby union 7s team.

He said: “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 anywhere else 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.

“This opportunity in rugby union will allow me to move back home to 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.

“I am fully committed to the club for the rest of this season when we do get back playing and I am determined to do my best for the team to finish on a high, it would be fantastic to try and win something with the club.

“I would also like to thank the Army for their continued support with my rugby career which I’m extremely grateful for.”