Brian Alainu’uese has signed a new two-year contract which will see him remain at Glasgow Warriors until at least May 2019, subject to visa.
The 23-year-old joined the Warriors from New Zealand Mitre Cup side Waikato last October on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
He has gone on to make 15 appearances for the club and was named the Guinness PRO12 Man of the Match in the 47-17 win over the Dragons last month.
The New Zealand-born second-row is a product of Wesley College in Auckland and made two appearances for Dave Rennie’s Chiefs in Super Rugby last season.
Today’s news means that 14 players have now re-signed with the Warriors this season, with Stuart Hogg, Henry Pyrgos, Greg Peterson, Adam Ashe, Tommy Seymour, Tim Swinson, Alex Dunbar, Nick Grigg, Sam Johnson, Rory Hughes, Peter Horne, D’arcy Rae and Lee Jones having also committed their futures to the club.
Huw Jones, Oli Kebble, Callum Gibbins and Adam Hastings will be joining Glasgow next season, while BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy players Lewis Wynne, Matt Smith, Jamie Bhatti, George Horne and Paddy Kelly have signed professional contracts with the Warriors.
Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, Brian Alainu’uese said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time in Glasgow. I’ve extended my contract for two years and I’m excited for what lies ahead.
“There is a lot of competition within the squad and I’ve learnt a lot from the other second-rows at the club.
“I have to pinch myself when the supporters chant my name, I’ve never had that before and that gets me going and keeps me playing hard for the team and the fans.
“It’ll be good to work with Dave Rennie again next season, but at the moment I’m just focusing on Gregor (Townsend) and Dan (McFarland) and doing what they want me to do.”
Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend added: “Brian has fitted in really well since joining us earlier this season.
“He has made a number of improvements both physically and in his set-piece play, and he played well during the 6 Nations window.
“We believe that there is a lot more to come from him and we’re delighted that he’ll continue his development at Scotstoun over the next two years.”