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Our Baby Crusader Shows Promise

“Watch out Jordie Barrett, Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa has another huge kicker in the mix, and he’s from red and black country.
11 Feb 2021 12:26
Our Baby Crusader Shows Promise
Chay Fihaki during the Crusaders photo shoot in Christchurch, New Zealand on February 8, 2020. He is expected to make his Super Rugby Aotearoa debut in the early rounds of the competition Photo: Crusaders

Promising Fijian utility back, Chay Fihaki is the youngest member of the Crusaders squad for the 2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa.

Fihaki is the nephew of Fiji Rugby Union’s operations manager Sale Sorovaki.

He recently turned 20 and stands at 1.93m and weighs 100 kilogrammes.

Fihaki played for the New Zealand Fijians and made his mark at last year’s Mitre 10 while playing for Canterbury.

On November 16, 2020, Fihaki landed that 50-metre penalty as Canterbury beat Auckland 34-33 to avoid being relegated.

Super Rugby has rated the Fijian as one of the five rookies to watch in 2021.

“Watch out Jordie Barrett, Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa has another huge kicker in the mix, and he’s from red and black country.

“As a 19-year-old Fihaki kicked a monstrous penalty against Auckland in the Mitre 10 Cup last year, to help Canterbury move out of the relegation zone.

“Fihaki was chosen as one of three players to attend an All Blacks Sevens national development camp after the inaugural year of Red Bull Ignite7.

“He’s the youngest in the Crusaders squad and has got a huge future ahead of him.

“Fihaki has been named as an outside back, but those in the know reckon he could play any position from 10 out.

With the likes of George Bridge and Manasa Mataele expected to miss the opening few games with injury, Fihaki could find himself making his debut quicker than anticipated.”

 

Feedback:  leonec@fijisun.com.fj

 


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