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Delasau is a ‘medical joker'

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Fijian rugby winger, Vilimoni Delasau who plays for the French Montauban Club, will be ending the season with the Stade Toulousain Club as a 'medical joker'.

A 'medical joker' is a player allowed to join a professional squad in France to replace and injured player.

Delasau replaces injured wing, Yves Donguv who suffered a breach of the cross-right knee ligaments and will be unavailable for six months.

"Yes he has signed up with Toulousain and I am very happy for him because this is the most glamorous club in France," said International Rugby Board officer, Franck Boivert.

However, Toulousain has signed Delasau on mainly because his former club Montauban has had great financial difficulties and could not afford to pay his big salary any longer.

Toulousain is known to be one of the best rugby club's in France and Europe, holding the most French and Europe wins.

"Toulousain will be carrying on with Delasau's contract from the Montauban Club but if he will be continuing with the club I am not sure, however it is highly likely that Toulousain will sign him on for the next season," said Boivert.

Although Delasau is now a member of the Toulousain Club he is eligible to compete for the European Cup but only for the French Championship.

In France , his best performance for Montauban was in the 2008-2009 season.

He scored 11 tries in 22 games.

"He has lost a bit of the strength from earlier in the year. Maybe this move to Toulousain will improve his performance somewhat," said Boivert.

This will be the fourth club that the 32 year old from Ba will be playing for.

The first French Club he joined was the Mont-de-Marsan Club where he met up with Seven's wizard, Waisale Serevi. He them moved to Clermont Club and then to his last Club the Montauban.

Now he will be playing with some of France's great back-liners, the likes of former All Blacks scrum half and Top 14 Player of the year in 2007-08, Byron Kelleher, French centre, Yannick jauzion, French full-back, Clement Poitrenaud, French winger Cedric Heymans and our Fijian centre, Maleli Kunavore.


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