Glen Fisiiahi try-bound in a New South Wales Cup clash for the Vodafone Warriors against Illawarra this year. Image | www.photosport.nz

Fisiiahi switching to rugby union

Off-contract Vodafone Warrior Glen Fisiiahi is finishing up with the club at the end of the 2015 NRL season to switch to rugby union.

Since making his NRL debut in the opening round of the 2011 campaign, the 24-year-old fullback-wing has been plagued by a series of injuries as well as surgery which has limited him to just 25 first-grade appearances from a possible 121 games in five seasons.

He scored 15 tries in those 25 games but played just four games in 2011, four again in 2012, 11 in 2013, five last year and only one this season.

He made a belated start to the 2015 season following shoulder surgery in the offseason.

Fisiiahi was tipped for a big NRL career after he scored 22 tries in 29 games for the Vodafone Junior Warriors and helped them to the club’s maiden NYC premiership in 2010.

“There has never been a question about Glen’s ability. He’s a hugely exciting player when he’s fit,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Andrew McFadden.

“We’ve seen glimpses of what he can do, like the four tries he scored against the Tigers in Wellington last year.

“It’s been frustrating for him, though, because while the potential was obviously there he just hasn’t been able to get on the field often enough and he has now decided he wants to have a shot at rugby union instead.

“Glen is disappointed rugby league hasn’t worked out the way he’d hoped and so are we. We’d all been hoping he would come through his setbacks but it wasn’t to be. We wish him all the best in rugby union and we’ll certainly be watching his progress with interest.”

While Fisiiahi comes from a well-known rugby league family, he played First XV rugby union at Wesley College before being signed by the Vodafone Warriors.