Kunavula signs long term deal with Edinburgh

Former Fiji Airways Fiji sevens rep, Mesulame Kunavula sweats it out during their training session at Albert Park in Suva on Wednesday, May 08, 2019. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s player Mesulame Kunavula has completed signing on a long-term deal with Edinburgh Rugby.

Kunavula had visited the Scottish club earlier this year and had discussions over a move, before returning to complete the World Rugby Sevens Series.

According to overseas media the 22-year-old said: “I’m delighted to start the next chapter of my career in Edinburgh. Viliame [Mata] is a good friend of mine and he has told me so much about the club and life in Scotland.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time on the Sevens circuit, but I felt it was the right time to move abroad and develop my own game further. The facilities in Edinburgh are world class and I’m only going to improve as a player.

“I’m really looking forward to getting involved in pre-season and representing this club for the years to come.”

Head Coach Richard Cockerill said “Mesu really stood out during his time representing Fiji on the Sevens circuit and his ability to beat a man, as well as offload in the tackle are really world class.

“We have been looking at adding players who offer something different – that bit of x-factor – and I certainly think Mesu brings that dynamic to an already talented squad.”

Born in Tailevu – the same village in which Fijian teammate Mata was raised – the 6ft 3in playmaker joined the police force while representing Fiji U20 in the early stages of his career.

Kunavula made his HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series debut at the 2016 Dubai leg where Fiji finished runners-up after falling short against South Africa in the final.

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