The Western Force have signed one of the ITM Cup’s leading tackle busters and line breakers, with the recruitment of Manawatu flyer Semisi Mesirewa.
Despite Mesiwera injuring his ankle and missing the last three games of the ITM Cup, he still ranked 13th in the competition for line breaks, seventh for defenders beaten and made 84 carries for 596 metres.
The 23-year-old – who was originally born in Fiji, with Indian heritage and then moved to New Zealand to further his rugby career, had offers from three of the New Zealand Super Rugby franchises (Chiefs, Highlanders and Hurricanes), but decided to head west and join the Western Force.
“I’m so excited to be here and I’m very thankful for the opportunity that the Western Force has given me,” he told the Force's official website.
“It’s been really easy settling in and the team have been really supportive, which has made the move so much easier.”
“What’s really impressed me so far is just how close the team is, the culture here is great and I can’t wait to be a part of that.”
Western Force head coach Michael Foley said Mesirewa has huge potential to take the next step into Super Rugby.
“Semisi’s natural speed and power are real strengths,” he said.
"So far we've been very impressed with Semisi's attitude and how he's adapting to a professional program and without doubt, he has the ability to make a real impression on the Super Rugby competition."