Fijian Olympic gold medallist joins the Raiders for rest of 2017

Masavesi Dakuwaqa

A recent Olympic gold medallist at the Rugby 7’s, Masivesi Dakuwaqa will return to his rugby league roots, signing with the Canberra Raiders for the remainder of the 2017 NRL season.

His switch to rugby union and the Rugby 7’s side only came last year but he was a member of the victorious Fijian side, showcasing his skills with several strong performances.

In Sydney for just one day so far, Dakuwaqa is just pleased to be training with the squad as he looks to earn his chance.

“I’m very excited to arrive here and I can’t wait to start training with the team,” the Fijian said. There are so many good players here and I’m going to be able to learn a lot

“There are so many good players here and I’m going to be able to learn a lot from them.”

With Dakuwaqa only at the club for the remainder of the year at present, the Raiders will have a chance to assess his ability but they know already that he is a powerful unit.

“Masivesi played league until he was 17 like a lot of Fijian kids do. The game is not strange to him,” said Raiders Recruitment and High-Performance Manager, Peter Mulholland.

“He’s a gold medallist and plays on both sides of the park. He’s a big unit and it makes obvious sense to have a look at him and see how he goes.”

His versatility is also an added bonus to his game and repertoire in the eyes of the club.

“His experience has been playing lock and second row as a kid, but he would also be lethal as an outside back. He could end up playing anywhere,” Mulholland said.

 

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