Ravouvou to join Bristol Bears – report

Fijian Drua's Kalaveti Ravouvou goes on attack against Melbourne Rebels during the trial match at Prince Charles Park in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua backline utility Kalaveti Ravouvou is believed to be heading to the UK to join the Bristol Bears for the 2023/2024 Gallagher Premiership Rugby season.

According to Bristol Live, Bears director of rugby Pat Lam had secured the signature of Ravouvou who was one of the breakout stars of the Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific competition last season.

Ravouvou, 24, exploded onto the scene in dramatic fashion and finished sixth in the standings for metres made with 1162 from just 12 appearances for the Drua.

He was fifth for defenders beaten with 51, while scoring three tries in the process and winning multiple man of the match awards.

Ravouvou played the majority of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season at inside centre but also wore the 13 jersey on a couple of occasions.

The 6ft 1in, 14 stone 11lb player is seen as a triple threat with power, mobility and speed.

His talents were recognised by the now departed Fiji head coach Vern Cotter who named him in his Flying Fijians international squad for the Pacific Nations Cup in the summer and then Autumn Nations Series where he scored a try against Ireland in Dublin.

According to Bristol Live, the signing of Ravouvou which is due to be officially announced by the club shortly, comes following reports that centre Sam Bedlow was wanted at Sale Sharks while Fijian star Semi Radradra was expected to leave the Bears for French Top 14 side Lyon next season.

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