By Brendan Kyle Jure
WEST EALING, U.K. – U.S. Sevens star, Andrew Durutalo has been signed by English side Ealing Traifinders.
“It’s official! Looking forward to the challenges ahead,” said Durutalo on his Twitter feed.
The Trailfinders are based in West Ealing, London and play in the Greene King IPA Championship. Coming third overall this season, they will be looking for an explosive punch to get them to the Premiership in the coming seasons.
Durutalo and the nine players coming in for their next campaign may be what they are looking for.
Despite being known for sevens, the New Yorker is no stranger to the professional 15’s set up. The former U19 and U21 Fiji captain has played 15 senior games for the U.S. Eagles starting in 2012 against Canada. He also played in three games during the 2015 World Cup.
He also had a 12-game stint with the Sunwolves in the Super 15. Managing to only score one try but was a very consistent prescience, Durutalo will be looking to make his name in European households and gear up for the 209 World Cup.
“I’ve always wanted to experience rugby in the U.K. after I finished playing Super Rugby and I’m very humbled and privileged to have this opportunity,” said Durutalo in an Ealing Trailfinders media release on May 18.
According to the media release, he will be expected to play anywhere in the back three, where Ealing will be counting on his explosive and physical style of play.
“Andrew will add to our current options and brings physicality to the back row,” said Director of Rugby Ben Ward.