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Fijian-born continues 7s circuit showing
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.