HARDWORKING Northland halfback Inia Saravanaua will be missed by the Northland rugby team in the next few rounds of the Digicel Cup competition.
Saravanua who leads The Fiji Times Best and Fairest Player points system flew off to play rugby in New Zealand last week.
The dreadlock scrumhalf and two other Northland players Ben Sadrugu and William Saukuru have secured overseas contracts.
Saukuru impressed for Northland, a fortnight ago scored a try against Lautoka at Churchill Park.
Northland rugby 15s coach Ilivasi Tabua said he had never seen any player of Saravanua's calibre.
Saravanua who hails from Matuku in Lau is one of Tabua's key players.
The nippy halfback speed off the mark and passing skills makes him unique from the other halfbacks.
"He is a good player. I saw him playing for Marist and I decided to bring him to Northland because Suva did not see his talent," Tabua said.
"He is a very strong player and I have not seen any halfback in the country to be like him," the former Flying Fijians coach said.
"He will be away until September and we hope to have him back at that time," he said.
Northland continued its winning momentum with another victory over Nadi in front of its home fans at Gatward Park in Korovou over the weekend.
Tabua is optimistic of a good outing this season.
Northland reached the semi-finals of the Digicel Cup competition last year.