10 Fijians To Look Out For In 2020

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2020 promises to be another exciting year for Fiji Rugby Fans worldwide. With the addition of the Kaiviti Silktails Rugby League team in the Ron Massey Cup to the Men’s sevens team gunning for Fiji’s second Gold Medal at the Tokyo Olympics, you will not be short of reasons to cheer for your boys.

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and Sevu Reece headlined our best new comers in 2019 and will be a hard act to follow but we’ve compiled a list anyway of 10 Fijians to look out for this year.

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Ilikena Vudogo (Brisbane Broncos, NRL)

The former Fiji Under 20’s rep has been elevated into the Broncos top 30 after a season in the QLD Cup. Vudogo, who primarily plays centre, could likely see some first grade football this season. Ilikena will most likely be injury cover for the likes of Jack Bird and Kotoni Staggs.

Osea Waqa (Fijian Drua, Fijian Latui)

Another former under 20 rep who will excite fans this year. Osea is known for his burst and footwork and will feature for the Fiji Drua and Fijian Latui at either fullback or wing. By the next Rugby World Cup,  Waqa could very well be a leading contender for the Flying Fijians fullback position.

Seru Uru (Reds, Super Rugby)

After one season in the NRC with Brisbane City, Seru Uru has earned a contract with the Queensland Reds in 2020 and could possibly get some game time this season. The tall, rangy flanker boasts the usual flair and athleticism of a Fijian back rower and will be a player to watch in the future.

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Mesulame Kunavula (Edinburgh, Guinness Pro 14)

The former Fiji sevens rep was Signed by Edinburgh for the 2019/2020 campaign. At 6’5 and over 100kg, Kunavula will be groomed for the back row and could become a leading lock forward for Fiji going forward.

Brandon Wakeham (Canterbury Bulldogs, NRL)

12 months ago Brandon Wakeham was not a known name in Fiji rugby league circles but after a scintillating debut for the Bati followed by a winning debut for the Bulldogs a week later, Wakeham is now in the picture to contest the vacant halves spot left by injured Keiran Foran. Brandon has played 3 matches for the Bati and is yet to taste defeat.

Semi Valemei (Raiders, NRL)

After impressive outings with Mounties U20, Valemei has earned himself a promotion into the Raiders top 30 squad for 2020 and will most probably get some game time this season. Semi was first seen for the Bati at the World Cup nines in October 2019 where he showcased his blinding speed and footwork. Expect him to push for higher honours in the near future.

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Kini Naholo (Chiefs, Super Rugby)

Younger brother of Waisake and keen to forge his own path, Kiniviliame will feature for the Chiefs on the wing this Super Rugby season. Many are predicting Kini will be just as damaging as his older brother and could be a future All-Black.

Jone Manu (Rapid Rugby)

Former Fiji under 20 fly-half who will feature for the Fijian Latui this season. Known for his speed and elusiveness, Jone plays either Fly-half or centre.

Jiuta Wainiqolo (Sevens)

Former Rugby League player and RKS student has been drafted into the Fiji Sevens squad after a solid season with the Fijian Drua. Wainiqolo could feature for the sevens team as early as the Hamilton and Sydney legs.

Mark Nawaqanitawase (Waratahs, Super Rugby)

One of Australian Rugby’s brightest prospects this season. Mark graduates from Junior Wallaby into a fulltime contract and is also a future sevens prospect for Australia. A big, tall winger with great turn of speed and is a chance to start the season on the wing for the Tahs.

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