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Volavola’s Record Justifies Negotiations

One of the reasons why Ben Volavola was initially dropped from the Flying Fijians squad for the Europe tour was his lack of game time with his club Racing 92.
15 Nov 2022 16:05
Volavola’s Record Justifies Negotiations
Flying Fijians first five eight Ben Volavola sets up play against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on November 12, 2022. Photo: AFP

One of the reasons why Ben Volavola was initially dropped from the Flying Fijians squad for the Europe tour was his lack of game time with his club Racing 92.

It was done to put pressure on him to perform for his club and get recognition with game time. This was important in terms of develop­ing his decision making since he is on playmaker’s role.

At Racing, Volavola, was first signed on as a back-up for South Africa’s Pat Lambe and now Scot­land’s Finn Russell.

The 33-year-old got his first Super Rugby break with the NSW Wara­tahs under coach, Michael Cheika from 2013 to 2015. Volavola shared the No.10 responsibilities with Bernard Foley before he declared his allegiance to play for the Fly­ing Fijians.

In 2016, he was signed up by Crusaders after the departure of their first five-eighths of Dan Carter, Collin Slade and Tom Taylor to Europe.

The following year, Volavola moved to Melbourne to join Re­bels and again shared the No.10 responsibilities with now Hur­ricanes playmaker Jackson Gar­den-Bachop.

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