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Tagicakibau revitalised at Irish

21st November 2013 11:46

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Rivalled: Sailosi Tagicakibau

London Irish and Samoa wing Sailosi Tagicakibau has said that added competition for his place is making him produce his best form.

Tagicakibau had been a mainstay in the Irish starting XV since joining from the Chiefs in 2005.

However injuries and a dip in form at the end of last season have meant that the Samoan international has been forced to work his way back into the team.

Tagicakibau currently is competing for places on the wings with England internationals Marland Yarde and Topsy Ojo, with Andrew Fenby a recent arrival from the Scarlets and James O'Connor also an option in the back three.

"I've been around a long time at Irish and made the shirt pretty much mine," Tagicakibau told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"For guys to take that from me really pushed me, got my act into gear and brought the best out of me.

"Competition is healthy for each individual and can only make you a better player.

"It was tough at the start of the season - I was struggling with fitness after not having the best of pre-seasons because of injuries."

Tagicakibau additionally reserved praise for O'Connor, following the recent arrival of the Australian international at Sunbury.

"In just one game James showed what a classy player he is," said Tagicakibau.

"It's great playing alongside him - you feed off him, feed off his energy and I'll try to get beside him for all his half breaks to try and finish something."

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