Warriors sign Fijian Fatiaki
July 22, 2011
Richard Hill has bolstered his backline options © Getty Images
Worcester Warriors have continued their preparations for life in the Aviva Premiership with the signing of Fijian centre Ravai Fatiaki.
The 24-year-old is currently vying for a spot in Fiji's Rugby World Cup squad, having started their heavy defeat to the All Blacks on Friday, and will link up with the Warriors following the conclusion of the tournament.
"I have spoken at length to national coach Greg Mumm about him," Worcester boss Richard Hill said. "Ravai is a powerful ball carrier who is very coachable and eager and keen to learn.
"Ravai is similar in many ways to a number of the Fijians who have been playing in France, like Gabriele Lovobalavu at Toulon and Seru Rabeni at La Rochelle. I also recently watched him play for Fiji as they beat Samoa where he really came into his own in the second half and capped a fine display with a try.
Fatiaki, who has been playing domestic rugby for Tailevu in Fiji, added: "My focus at the moment is making the Fijian team to play in the Rugby World Cup. We had a big game this Friday against the All Blacks, which was a real challenge, and we've had some strong preparation including the Pacific Nations Cup, so hopefully we'll do well."
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