Rugby League

Kikau Tipped To Lead Fiji Bati To The 2021 Rugby League World Cup

‘Bill has the full quality of leading the team. When he is in camp, everyone are on their toes because when he speaks, the boys listen’
18 May 2020 09:41
Kikau Tipped To Lead Fiji Bati To The 2021 Rugby League World Cup
Viliame Kikau

Penrith Panthers and Vodafone Fijian Bati front-rower Viliame ‘Bill’ Kikau could lead the team to the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

Yesterday, Fiji Bati coach Brandon Costin spoke highly of Kikau’s leadership qualities.

The Bau, Tailevu native is highly favoured to replace Kevin Naiqama.

“Bill has the full quality of leading the team. When he is in camp everyone is on their toes because when he speaks, the boys listen,” he said.

“He has been groomed as the captain on the field and around the ball, that is around the organization in the game plan that we have.

“He is an absolute leader in everything that he does for the Fiji Bati team and in his actions on the field and on the training pitch and in the gym.”

Costin shared his experience with Kikau as a humble leader.

“My experience with Bill is that he likes to be a little bit more understated, his actions do the talking. He’s been out in Australia consistently for a few years now so he is a perfect leader,” he said.

“He is one of the best-attacking edge back-rowers in the NRL. He has got speed for a big man and the way he moves laterally like side to side and catch defenders off-guard is just so brilliant.

“He has got great off-load passes, good speed, size so he’s exactly what any NRL side would want.

“He is one of the best players in the NRL and every club wants him. We are lucky to have Bill as part of our team and being the leader that he is.”

Kikau has appeared 54 times and scored 15 tries for the Panthers and played six times for the Fiji Bati side scoring five tries.

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedbacksimione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj

Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper