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Au­nique Fi­jian front rower is set to make a play for a spot in the 2016 South­land Stags squad. Tele­com Fi­jian War­riors cap­tain Peni Ravai is ex­pected to soon join the Wood­lands club in South­land in a quest to play in New Zealand’s pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tion this year. Ravai started his rugby ca­reer as an out­side back be­fore be­ing moved into the for­wards where he can cover both prop and hooker. Ac­cord­ing to Rugby Heaven, the 25-year-old is be­lieved to be the only front-rower to ever play for the Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s team on the World Sevens Series. He is re­garded as a ball-run­ning front-rower.

Ravai has played 13 tests for the Voda­fone Fly­ing Fi­jians team in­clud­ing four games at the 2015 World Cup in Eng­land. He has pre­vi­ously played for the Greater Syd­ney Rams in Aus­tralia’s do­mes­tic com­pe­ti­tion.

It is likely Ravai will be avail­able for just a few games for Wood­lands be­fore head­ing off to play for Fiji in their June tests against Tonga, Samoa and Ge­or­gia. The front row is an area where depth and qual­ity is vi­tal. Props have be­come hot prop­erty in the na­tional pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship with teams now re­quired to carry four props in their match day 23, in­stead of the three which were needed in the past. Most unions now con­tract five props in their squad, and given it is such a spe­cial­ist po­si­tion props have al­most been able to name their price when it comes to con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions. Ravai could pro­vide Stags coach Hoani Macdon­ald with an­other po­ten­tial prop and hooker op­tion.

Tele­com Fi­jian War­riors cap­tain Peni Ravai.

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