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Macilai Gets Crusaders Call- Rasiga

Macilai Gets Crusaders Call- Rasiga
October 30
15:57 2014

Red Rock Rugby Club head coach Lote Rasiga believes one of his players, Jone Macilai would one day don the All Blacks jumper.

Macilai would be joining lanky Nemani Nadolo in the Crusaders team for new 2015 super rugby season.

“Jone is a player who had a very humble beginning. He listens to instructions and is always working hard on and off the field,” Rasiga said.

“The saying we will always harvest everything that we sow and Macilai has set a good example.

“He went to New Zealand in 2012 after we won the Coral Coast 7s to join Awanui Club and just after two years he has now joined the Crusaders.”

Rasiga strongly believes Macilai would become an All Black one day.

“There is no doubt Macilai will join the All Blacks team.”

Macilai, alongside powerful midfielder Robbie Fruean, have been included in the Crusaders 2015 Super Rugby squad.

Crusaders headcoach Todd Blackadder told TVNZ   that Macilai would be an injection of speed to their backline next season.

“Jone has just had a very impressive ITM Cup and had the third highest number of clean breaks and metres gained in the competition. We can see some really exciting potential in him and look forward to working with him this season,” Blackadder said.

Naholo, Osborne for Highlanders

Nadroumai, Nadroga native Waisake Naholo and Patrick Osborne would boost the Highlanders backline in the new season.

The duo was one of the new players being named in the Highlanders squad for the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Highlanders’ headcoach, Jamie Joseph said new players would contribute positively to the club in the new season.

“All these guys have great character and will add value to the team. I am happy with the balance and depth of the 2015 squad.”

The Highlanders begin their season with a home match in round two at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday, February 21, next year, against the Crusaders after a bye in round one.

Tamanivalu for the Chiefs

Centre Seta Tamanivalu was the lone Fijian player joining the Chiefs for the new season.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie said they have selected the best team for the season.

“We believe we have assembled a squad high in character with impact, depth and versatility. We expect this group of hard working men to play a brand of Chiefs rugby that is entertaining for people to watch and will get results,

“We are pleased that our squad contains a number of players coming through our Chiefs development programme who are making the step up to Super Rugby,” Rennie said.

Exciting returning Chiefs player Sonny Bill Williams is expected to attract great interest alongside his fellow All Blacks Brodie Retallick, Liam Messam, Aaron Cruden and Sam Cane. Williams is looking forward to the season ahead.


Nadolo’s younger brother Chris Kuridrani has also signed a full contract with the Queensland Reds. Their cousin Tevita Kuridrani will feature for the Brumbies.

Other Fijians, who will be in action in for Australian teams, include, Samu Kerevi for the Reds, Henry Speight with the Brumbies and Sefanaia Naivalu would feature for the Melbourne Rebels.

Yasawa flyer Taqele Naiyaravoro is with the NSW Waratahs.




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