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Top flight

Emoni Narawa
Monday, January 07, 2013

ITALY-based Adrea Cocagi has signed a two-year contract with Top 14 side Stade Francais last week.

The Laquilla Rugby Club outside centre now joins fellow Fijian Waisea Nayacalevu.

Cocagi was invited by the French club to attend a trial last year where he displayed a little glimpse of his brilliance. It was hard for the Stade Francais officials to ignore his raw talent as they decided to take him onboard, offering a two-year contract to join their academy.

Cocagi, who is eager to be part of the Fiji under-20 rugby team to the Junior World Championship, said he was happy with the move.

"I am happy to sign the contract with Stade Francais. I never expected things to move as fast like this for me.

"I only came to Italy with an objective of improving my rugby and to try my best to be one of the best players in the world," he said.

"They invited me for a trial and I went and showed them the talent I have.

"I did my best and I was hoping for a positive response from them. Now I will join their academy for two years."

Cocagi has been in top form for his Laquilla club in the Italy top division.

Cocagi's talent was scouted by former Italy international Apenisa Vodo while playing rugby at Pacific Harbour. Vodo later recommended him to the Laquilla club.

The 18-year old Serua lad was to sign a contract with the Newcastle Knights rugby league club earlier this year.

He said he would continue to give his best for his club until the competition end in May.

"I should be leaving for France in June and I am looking forward to it."

He thanked his club officials for helping him and offering him a one-year contract.