Ratave hits headlines

Namosi's Orisi Ratave scores against Tailevu at Ratu Cakobau Park. Picture: JONA KONATACI/FILE

Namosi winger Onisi Ratave is dubbed as the player to watch for the Fijian Drua in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific competition.

Ratave has been hitting the headlines in New Zealand after his blockbusting performances for Bay of Plenty in the Bunnings National Provincial Championship.

The 29-year-old was part of the extended Fiji 7s training squad for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but failed to make the cut and was drafted into the extended Flying Fijians squad for the two Test series against the All Blacks in July.

Fiji Rugby general manager high performance Simon Raiwalui said they were grateful to rope in Ratave because there were interests shown by other Super Rugby teams for his service.”

For Ratave, it is a very interesting story as he was not selected for the Olympic Games 7s squad after training with them for an extensive period,” Raiwalui said.

“He came on the New Zealand tour with the Flying Fijians and picked up an opportunity to play for the Bay of Plenty. If anyone has watched the three games for the Bay of Plenty, he is exciting and a scoring machine.

“He scored two tries past Sunday and scored a try each in the first two games. Onisi will be really the one to watch out for the Fijian Drua.”

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