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Successful NRL Year For Fijians

Successful NRL Year For Fijians
Samuela Koroi (left) and Aisake Mila with their trophy and certificate as best trainees during Centre for Appropriate Technology and Development (CATD) graduation ceremony on December 11, 2018. Photo:Ronald Kumar.
October 03
14:50 2014

This year has been a successful year for Fijian players playing in the NRL.

Fiji National Rugby League development manager Joe Rabele said the emergence of Apisai Koroisau to cement a spot in the South Sydney Rabbitohs grand final run-on squad is the icing of the cake.

“Koroisau took his opportunity midway the NRL season when first choice hooker Isaac Luke was injured,” he said.

“He played very well and was praised by NRL experts who dubbed him as one of the future stars of the game. Now when Luke is ruled out due to a suspension the Rabbitohs don’t have to look elsewhere but to bring in Koroisau. I’ve confident that he is going to shine in the grand final.”

Rabele said the highlight of Sunday’s grand final is the fact that three Fijian players are playing for the Rabbitohs. The other two are captain John Sutton and veteran star winger Lote Tuqiri.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Koroisau, who will join Penrith next season, will now wear the Rabbitohs No 9 at ANZ Stadium in Souths’ first grand final in 43 years.

Koroisau is a similar style of running dummy half to Luke and the 21-year-old capably filled in for the Kiwi rake earlier this season when he was sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Luke was ousted due to a grade one dangerous throw on Sydney Roosters back-rower Sonny Bill Williams in the Rabbitohs’ 32-22 preliminary finals win over the premiers last Friday.

The 27-year-old will also miss New Zealand’s opening game of their Four Nations campaign against Australia in Brisbane on October 25.

Koroisau has previously praised Luke for helping him to improve his own game and Luke is confident his understudy can get the job against the massive Bulldogs pack.

Rabele also indicated another cause of celebration is the naming of former Fiji Bati fullback Jarryd Hayne as the Dally M medal winner with Semi Radradra announced the Dally M Award Winger of the Year.



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