Seiuli settling in to life at Scotstoun
After making the switch north from Super Rugby, Aki Seiuli is keenly anticipating his first action in a Glasgow Warriors jersey.
The 26-year-old prop arrived in Glasgow at the end of October, with a familiar face helping him settle in his new surroundings.
“I’m staying with Siua [Halanukonuka] at the minute – it might come as a bit of a surprise but he’s actually quite a tidy person!” laughed Seiuli.
“I’ve got to make sure I keep up my own standards and be tidy as well!
“He’s been awesome – it’s been great to see him again and catch up. Hopefully he gets through his injury soon and we can take to the field together for the Warriors.”
The former Highlander was also quick to praise his new team-mates, and admits that he’s still learning the ropes out on the training pitch.
“I’m settling in well, absolutely,” said Seiuli.
“I’m learning as I go at the moment! It’s quite full-on, but I’m just taking it task by task and week by week. All the lads have been really considerate of me though, which I really appreciate – all the moves and everything are second nature to them by now, but they’ve really helped me to settle in and get up to speed.
“The environment here is really good, and the lads have all been really welcoming. I’m enjoying my time here so far – it’s been awesome.”
Having also previously helped Otago to the 2018 Ranfurly Shield, Seiuli’s move to Scotstoun also marks the prop’s first taste of club rugby outside of his native New Zealand. The man himself is relishing the opportunity, however, seeing the switch as more than simply a rugby decision.
“I wanted to travel and use rugby as an experience through which I could see the world,” he explained.
“Glasgow play a great brand of rugby, and that really drew me here. Having a fellow New Zealander like Dave was a bonus too, as well as Siua already being here.”
The prop is amongst those challenging for selection for Saturday night’s showdown with Leinster at Scotstoun, a match which is expected to be played in front of a capacity crowd in Glasgow’s west end. Seiuli himself is eager to make his first appearance in a Glasgow shirt, with the Warrior Nation having already made quite the impression on the man from Christchurch
“I’ve been 24th man for the last couple of weeks, so that’s been great for me in terms of learning the set piece calls and so on,” he said.
“It’s been good to be in the mix and I’m loving it.
“I’m really looking forward to getting out in front of the crowd here at Scotstoun. Hearing them at the Sale Sharks game was awesome – they’re on another level, and the atmosphere was incredible. I’m looking forward to running out and embracing that atmosphere alongside the boys, and I just want to offer as much of an impact as I can.”