Photo Credit -
Paula Balekana
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Paula
Balekana
Height - 179cm(5'10) Weight - 102kg (225lb)
DOB - May 18, 1993
POB - Suva
Position - Fullback, Winger
Player Type -Elusive, ball runner
High School - Nasinu Secondary

Koro

tikina

yasana

CURRENT SEASON

competition

club

games

tries

goals

points

11
6
0
30

ALL CLUB STATS

Years

competition

club

games

tries

goals

points

2015-2017
2018
2018-2020
2021
2022-
Shute Shield
NRC
Pro 14
MLR
MLR
Gordon
Sydney Rays
Zebre
Houston Sabercats
New England
29
3
25
16
11
24
3
4
6
6
0
0
0
0
0
120
15
20
30
30
84
43
0
215

current season

comp

club

g

t

g

pt

11
6
0
30

all club stats

Year

club

gp

ts

pt

2015-2017
2018
2018-2020
2021
2022-
Gordon
Sydney Rays
Zebre
Houston Sabercats
New England
29
3
25
16
11
24
3
4
6
6
120
15
20
30
30

totals

84
43
215

ALL REPRESENTATIVE

Year

team

gp

ts

pt

ALL REPRESENTATIVE

Years

team

games

tries

goals

points

Former Nasinu Secondary School student Paula Balekana is known for his elusiveness and broken play running. Never afraid of contact but also has great footwork and is always a threat returning the ball.

The man who grew up in Wainibuku was offered a scholarship to Kelston Boys High School, New Zealand in 2012. By 2016 he was playing for Gordon in the Australian Schute Shield before linking up with the Sydney Rays for the 2017 NRC Season.  

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From there he was signed by Italian Pro-14 side Zebre up until 2020 when he moved to the US to link up with the Sabercats. He now plays alongside fellow Fijians Veramu Dikidikilati and Apisai Tauyavuca.

In 2021 Balekana was named in the All-MLR Second Team.

did you know

Paula Balekana was part of the Cronulla Sharks roster before leaving for Rugby Union. Former Sharks coach Shane Flanagan says Paula is one of the most talented players he has ever coached. 

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