Full name Joeli Vidiri
Born January 23, 1973, Nausori Highland
Current age 41 years 85 days
Major teams Fiji, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 3 in
Weight 198 lb
|The Rugby Championship||1998-1998||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Test debut||Japan v Fiji at Ehime, May 8, 1994 match details|
|Last Test||Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne, Jul 11, 1998 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
When fully fit and on form, Vidiri was one of the most exciting wingers in the game. However, just like his fellow wing and one-time Counties Manukau and Blues team-mate Jonah Lomu, his career suffered as a consequence of a rare kidney disorder.
Vidiri had already established himself in the 15-man game and Sevens with his native Fiji when he arrived in New Zealand in 1994. He went on to make 71 provincial appearances for Counties, scoring an impressive 56 tries.
Vidiri proved just as prolific for the Blues, notching 43 times in 61 games. Vidiri's international career never really took off, though. He featured just twice for the All Blacks, coming on as a replacement for Lomu against England in June before starting against the Wallabies the following month.
He continued to shine for the Blues thereafter but his kidney condition worsened and he was eventually forced to retire in 2001 after two matches with Auckland in the NPC.