From blogs.bettor.com (24 July 2011)
Worcester Warriors acquire Fijian international utility backs’ Ravai Fatiaki for 2011/12 Premiership
Aviva Premiership’s newest entrant, Worcester Warriors, has announced another international signing to further strengthen their squad ahead of the upcoming Premiership season. The Worcester based English rugby union club has acquired the services of Fijian international utility back Ravai Fatiaki for their 2011/12 season campaign.
The 28-year-old Fatiaki made his international debut for Fiji in 2009 against Japan. So far, he has played four international matches and scored a try.
Nausori born Fatiaki can play at both full back and at inside centre position. He expressed his delight on being able to play in the Aviva Premiership competition and he stated his desire to make the most of the opportunity presented to him.
Fatiaki further added, “My focus at the moment is making the Fijian team to play in the Rugby World Cup.”
Ravai Fatiaki scored his first international try in the recently concluded International Rugby Board (IRB) 2011 Pacific Nations Cup’s encounter against the Samoan side. Currently, he is playing for the Fijian domestic rugby union club, Tailevu. He is also named in the Fiji’s 35-man provisional squad for 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Worcester Warriors head coach, Richard Hill, has expressed his confidence that Fatiaki has the potential to perform well in the English Premiership. He added that he was impressed by Fatiaki’s recent performance in Fiji’s match against Samoa in the Pacific Nations Cup.
Richard Hill added, “We have been looking for a player to bolster our midfield selection options this coming season and so we are pleased to announce that Ravai will now join us."
Hill added that he had discussions with the flying Fijian’s head coach, Greg Mumm, on Fatiaki’s playing and personal attributes. He also added, "Ravai is similar in many ways to a number of the Fijians who have been playing in France, like Gabriele Lovobalavu at Toulon and Seru Rabeni at La Rochelle.”
Commenting on the occasion, Hill reiterated his support to the club’s strategy to remain in hunt of players with the potential to develop their game and perform at the top level.