Fijian Rugby News Feed April 21-28

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Let’s take a look at the what’s happening around the globe. This post will be updated daily until April 28. So be sure to check back.

Dreamgirls

Fijiana Drua complete the perfect season winning the Super Final against the Waratahs 32-26 in a pulsating match. The Waratahs put up a commendable title defence but the Drua were just too good in the end.

Railala to debut for San Diego

Former Fiji Under 20’s and Fiji Warriors lock Jale Railala Vakaloloma will make his MLR debut for the San Diego Legion in their Round 11 matchup against Rugby ATL.
The powerful second row hasn’t enjoyed much game time since leaving Brisbane City in the NRC for Glasgow. He is described as being an immense raw talent. At only 25 the best is yet to come for Railala.

Jason Qareqare in action for the Castleford Tigers. Photo Credit – Sky Sports.

Runaway Tiger

In his first match of the season Jason Qareqare scores one of the best solo tries you will see this year. The Tigers spread the ball in the first set and he goes 80 metres, beating 5 defenders on his way to the tryline. Castleford win the match 30-10 against defending Premiers St Helens.

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Kitione Returns

Flying Fijians backrower Kitione Kamikamica has been named to make his return off the bench for Brive against Lyon. It will be his first match since October last year due to a knee injury.
That match will feature 7 Fijians. See all Selections

Players returning in Pro D2

Alivereti Loaloa returns from injury for USON Nevers in the Pro D2 this weekend. He has been named on the bench to play his first match since the opening round.

Also returning is Epeli Momo for Montauban. For the first time Montauban will play Momo, Josua Vici and Niko Matawalu in the same backline against Aurillac.

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Kitione Kautoga training with the Tigers SG Ball Squad. Photo Credit – Ultramanagement

NSW Cup debut

A new name to add to your list running out for Wests Magpies in the NSW Cup on Saturday is Kitione Kautoga Jnr. He has been named to start in the second row in his first match.
Kitione has played in Cronulla Junior Representative sides, NSW Under 16 and Tigers SG Ball. His family roots are in Narewa, Nadi.

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Sims joins the Storm

Where there’s smoke there’s fire. The rumours have turned out to be true with Dragons and NSW second rower Tariq Sims reportedly signing with the Melbourne Storm from 2023. However there are talks for Sims to join the club immediately.

The Storm are not renown for signing big name players but with the impending loss of the Bromwhich brothers and Felise Kaufusi next season to the Dolphins on top of Dale Finucane at the Sharks, their second row stocks have taken quite a hit.

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Radradra out for the season

Bristol head coach Pat Lam has today announced star centre Semi Radradra will miss the rest of the Premiership Season as he undergoes knee surgery for a knee that has been troubling him for the past fortnight. This following their Champions Cup exit last weekend against Sale.

A real setback given he had only returned in December from a knee operation for an injury suffered at the Olympic Games on his other knee. We wish the Semi Trailer all the best on his recovery and praying it doesn’t affect him long term.

Rock re-signs

Castres have locked in centre Adrea Cocagi until 2025. This comes as no surprise as the former Fiji Under 20 player is having one of his finest seasons having played in 21 matches this season. A rock solid defender who can play both 12 and 13 as he has done this season. He first arrived from Perpignan in 2020 and didn’t take long to cement his place in the side.

“A huge thank you to the club and the coaches who gave me the opportunity to play for this great club. I am very happy and grateful to extend another 3 years in Castres. I like the values ​​and the culture of the club, the incredible team spirit that we have in the group. I believe in this group and I am convinced that we can achieve our goals together. We will always fight to the end and not give up. The impressive support from all the club supporters behind the team in every game is also to be commended!” A quote from the official club release

Sera Seini Ravatudei. Photo Credit – Na Waka Dina Fiji Rugby League WA

Debut for Sera

Sera Seini Ravatudei makes a dream debut for Fijiana Drua in the Super W final on Saturday. She has been named as an interchange prop in his first match.
Sera has a Rugby League background and is as physical as the come.

Naqali making impact

Old Glory DC lock Tevita Naqali’s big game in round 11 has earned him a place in the MLR team of the week. The lock forward was at his destructive best and was a big part of their 1 point win over the Utah Warriors.

And speaking of Utah, former RKS halfback Jone Vatuwaliwali will finally join the side after leaving the country on Sunday. He was signed for the 2022 season and will get a chance to feature in the their side with 7 matches remaining in the regular season.

Drua Debutants

Two debutants this weekend for the Drua. Prop Meli Tuni will start at loose head prop and halfback Leone Nawai comes off the bench. See Fijian Drua vs Blues preview here

This article will be updated daily with the latest news and rumours.

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