FORMER Fiji Bati rugby league star Lasaro Turagadrau will feature for the Uprising Rugby Club at the Uprising International 7s tournament in Lautoka next week.
The strong running forward and fellow rugby league player Apisai Masiketei were included to strengthen Rene Munch's side in a bid to win the $25,000 tournament.
The Nuku villager from Serua said he opted to play rugby union to maintain his fitness during the league off-season.
Turagadrau was approached by Munch to feature for Uprising after he could not travel with the Fiji Bati team to Australia for the game against Italy last year.
"I am happy to come and join the Uprising team for the second time at this tournament. This is the only time for me to keep up with my fitness especially when league is in its off-season," he said.
"I want to thank Rene for asking me to come and join the team. I am looking forward to the tournament and I will give my best shot."
Turagadrau helped Uprising reach the cup semi-finals last year. He will team up with former national sevens reps Metuisela Talebula and Avenisi Vasuinubu.
"This is a good team, we have been training hard for this tournament and hope to give all our opponents a good game next week," the 28-year-old added.