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Who's that Fijian

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, February 21, 2013

QUADE Cooper has resorted to internet search engine Google to know more about Ben Volavola who he may face when the bruised Reds take on the Waratahs this Saturday at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Volavola is highly tipped to start at flyhalf for the Waratahs with Bernard Foley still struggling with an ankle injury.

Unless Foley, who has 14 Super Rugby caps to his name, passes a late fitness test, Waratahs coach Michael Cheika will have to turn to the inexperienced Volavola.

Clueless Cooper has been studying the trial footage of the 22-year-old rookie to get himself prepared for the Super Rugby clash this weekend.

"No matter who they put out on the field they will be a threat," Cooper told The Courier Mail.

"We just have to worry about ourselves and prepare for either option. From looking at tapes, that new young bloke (Volavola) looks like a talented player. I saw a story from the paper on him and he seems pretty confident too."

Volavola, whose parents hail from Fiji, was the Waratahs flyhalf in their narrow loss to the Crusaders last week and performed well against All Blacks star Dan Carter.

Mum Ema Volavola was proud of her son's performance in the Waratahs 14-16 loss.

"Although it was Ben's third trial game it was anticipated to being the toughest trial game leading up to the Super 15 competition," Ema said of the Crusaders warm-up match.

"Ben's dream to play opposite his childhood hero finally became a reality and he stepped up to the task at hand. We were all so very proud."

Ben played for the Australian under-20 side at the 2011 Junior Rugby World Cup (JWC) in Italy.

The 2011 Super Rugby champions Reds lost its opening 2013 Super Rugby match to Brumbies 24-6 last Saturday.





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