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Lomani joins Drua
Flying Fijians halfback and now former Northampton Saints halfback Frank Lomani has joined the Fijian Drua for the 2022 and 2023 Super Rugby Seasons. Lomani only managed 7 games for Northampton, all off the bench and mostly as a winger. This will give our number 1 halfback some much needed game time and provide great competition for the young Halfback Trio in the squad.
Seta deserves more credit
Criminally underrated Brive winger Setareki Bituniyata was a threat all night against Toulon. While the only tries in the match belonged to Seta Tuicuvu (Brive) and Jiuta Wainiqolo (Toulon) I think Bituniyata was one of the best players on the park. Definitely should not be forgotten when the July tests come around.
Kolinio Ramoka scored his 6th and 7th tries for the season in Agen’s loss to Mont de Marsan. He has been consistent all season and now leads all Fijians for the calendar year on 5 tries. He is also the top tryscorer amongst all Fijians in the Pro D2. Vereniki Goneva and Wame Naituvi both scored for Stade Montois.
World Class Centre
Racing Centre Virimi Vakatawa is returning to the kind of form that had him ranked amongst the elite backs in the game. He scored a double for Racing in their 45-25 victory over Castres. Ben Volavola started at 10 for Racing while Josaia Raisuqe came off the bench for Castres.
Hurricanes Stun Blues
A stunning victory by the Hurricanes who scored two tries in the last 5 minutes including a beautiful last minute try to skipper Ardie Savea to steal victory from the Blues. Salesi Rayasi scored a hat-trick for the Canes and is the first Fijian to do so this year. Hurricanes 33-32 Blues.Embed from Getty Images
Drua defeated by Brumbies
The Brumbies proved too strong for the young Fijian Drua winning 42-3. Despite the loss the Drua showed improvement in the scrums against the all representative front row. Kaliopasi Uluilakepa proved a great addition to the side and his return from injury resulted in a much better result at scrum time. Vinaya Habosi proving once again to be their most dangerous player. 2 linebreaks off 12 carries and 116 run metres, the most in the match. He is our round 2 man of the match. See all the match details including statistics here
Josua Vici is an instant hit at Montauban scoring on a try in his debut for the club. Montauban caused a major boilover in the Pro D2 beating second placed Oyonnax.
Bus taking passengers
Lyon’s 2 point loss to Castres last weekend saw Josua Tuisova beat 11 defenders. The most by any player in a match all season in the Top 14. Remarkable considering he has also managed 10 against Pau earlier in the season.
Cokanasiga returns for Bath
English International Joe Cokanasiga has been named to make his return from injury in Bath’s clash with Newcastle. The powerful winger suffered a knee injury in a pre-season match and will play his first match of the Premiership Season. In other selection news, Northampton have moved Sam Matavesi to his original position at openside flanker for this weeks matchup. See all Premiership Selections
Sevu too smart
After coming off the bench in the Crusaders season opener last weekend, Sevu Reece was back in the starting 15 and grabbed himself a brace of tries in the process. His first a quick tap which caught the Highlanders unawares on their own line.
A Legend Leaves UsEmbed from Getty Images
It was only last week we had a post on Joeli Vidiri and it was only this morning we hear of the passing of Va’aiga Tuigamala. Never thought we would end the day with the tragic news of one of our own legends leaving us early. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Vidiri family. Joeli was a true trailblazer of Fijian sport and a true gentleman, a beautiful soul. Rest in peace legend, your legacy lives on.Embed from Getty Images
Lomani on the move?
In addition to having James Mitchell re-signing with Northampton, the Saints have signed Italian scrumhalf Callum Braley which could signal the end of Frank Lomani’s time at the club. While there’s no official announcement yet, sources believe London Irish could be his new home. The move makes sense as the Flying Fijians number 1 halfback has been starved of game time and now looks to be third on the Saints depth chart.
And speaking of halfbacks
How sharp did Issak Fines-Leleiwasa look in the Western Force’ season opener! The nippy halfback has publicly expressed his desire to play for Fiji and while that has nearly already happened, it may not be too far away if his round 1 performance was anything to go by. Along with the likes of Simione Kuruvoli, Peni Matawalu and Moses Sorovi all in Super Rugby, the Fiji halfback position will be one of the most competitive.
Nagusa leaves Grenoble
Only months ago Timoci Nagusa made headlines not only in France but across the Rugby World when he took paternal leave to aid his wife and new born baby. A source close to Nagusa says “with Jim, it’s always been family first”. No official reason has been given for his sudden departure from Grenoble, a club he joined in 2021 and amassed 18 matches in that time after leaving Montpellier in the Top 14.Embed from Getty Images
NRLW Kicks off Sunday 27th
Women’s Rugby enters a new era with more professional competitions than ever before. The Women’s premier Rugby League competition kicks off this Sunday with three matches between the 6 clubs starting off with the Dragons and Titans at 12pm (1pm FJT). Fiji Bati representative Talei Holmes will start in the second row while Aliti Namoce-Sagano has been named on the extended bench. Look out for Parramatta Eels five eight Sereana Naitokatoka who is ready to take this competition by storm in 2022. She has been named to take on the Knights with Taina Naividi named on the wing.
Ricky thinking of starting Valemei at centre
For the second straight match Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has opted to start Semi Valemei at centre. More accustomed to the wing, Valemei will get a stern test defensively this week. The Sea Eagles love targeting opposition centres with Tom Trbojevic their weapon of choice. The Fiji Bati centre stocks are low with only Waqa blake a regular starter and with the World Cup this year, they could do with another NRL calibre centre. To see all NRL Trials selections and NRLW selections – click here
With their backline depth depleted, the Fijian Drua have acquired an outside back from New Zealand who has played at Super Rugby U20 level. The Drua are yet to make an official announcement.
Our dedicated Fijian Drua page now features a match page for every game. It includes team lists, statistics, highlights and more. Click here to see
Montauban really wanted a Fijian Flyer
Montauban recently loaned Montpellier winger Josua Vici for the rest of the season but before he arrived they were looking at Bath veteran Semesa Rokoduguni and Toulon winger Petero Tuwai who we believe trialled with the club a fortnight ago. Epeli Momo who is already at the club has battled injury this season and they have played Niko Matawalu on the flanks most weeks.
Vici will start for Montauban this weekend against Oyonnax. See rest of Pro D2 Selections.
Saimone Qeleca is now training with RC Toulon while playing for Le Dignes on the weekends. Sources also reveal Provence are on the hunt for a lock and are looking at representative forward Tevita Cavubati who is currently with Perpignan in the Top 14.
The Pacific Beat, a podcast with a focus on rugby and sports in the Pacific. In this latest episode they interview Bill Gadolo who speaks about Chinese Rugby clubs and their interest in our local players and also an interview with Tia Roko who gives us the lowdown on the Drua men’s and women’s teams. Courtesy of ABC Australia. Original link hereEmbed from Getty Images
Watch MLR live
US Major League Rugby features 9 players we are currently tracking including our 2021 MLR Fijian of the year Paula Balekana (New England), new recruit Peni Lasaqa (Old Glory DC) and Flying Fijians rep Tuvere Vugakoto. Their matches are live and free on The Rugby Network. You can keep track of all MLR Fijians here.