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Leicester wants to keep Goneva

Maciu Malo
Monday, March 10, 2014

FLYING Fijian sensation Vereniki Goneva is the target of European rugby clubs after his impressive performance for Leicester Tigers over the past two years.

The former Fiji 7s skipper has been linked to join Seremaia Bai's Castres team in the France Top 14 competition from next season.

According to planet rugby, Leicester Tigers are working tirelessly to keep Goneva at the club next season despite interest from elsewhere.

The Nadi native is being hailed by his club as one of the standout performers this season, scoring ten tries in 18 games including five in his past four matches.

"Niki has had an offer from Castres and that is for him to decide what he wants to do," Richard Cockerill told the Leicester Mercury.

"It has not been the easiest thing to deal with at times but it may resolve itself.

"We are very keen to keep him, and Niki could stay."

Goneva, who was the toast of Tigers 41-18 win over Newcastle last weekend, has scored a massive of 20 tries in 36 games.

The 30-year-old flyer was instrumental for his team in last year's English Premiership win when he scored a try as well as set one up for his other winger to win the English major rugby title.

He first burst into the limelight after captaining the Nadi 15s team to win the major rugby trophies - the Farebrother and the then Digicel Cup in 2008 before being plucked out by former national 7s coach Waisale Serevi to feature in the HSBC IRB 7s series.

Goneva has won 29 caps for the Flying Fijians and scored 70 points from 14 tries.

He is also in the list of top try scorers in world cup after scoring four tries and was named the Man of the Match in their Rugby World Cup match against Namibia in 2011.


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