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Waratahs recruit Naiyaravoro

07th May 2014 07:24


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The Waratahs have signed winger Taqele Naiyaravoro until at least end of the 2015 Super Rugby season from NRL club Wests Tigers.

"I always knew I would come back to union and joining the Waratahs is very exciting," said Naiyaravoro, who stands 195cm and weighs 120kg.

"I'm glad and happy to be to be pulling on the NSW jumper after watching them on TV as a kid back in Fiji.

"The Waratahs' backline excites me, I like to play attacking rugby and the way they play will hopefully suit my style, and I can earn a place in the team alongside players like Israel Folau and Adam Ashley Cooper."

Naiyaravoro played rugby throughout his school days in Fiji and made the national U16 team playing both as a winger and flanker.

The flying Fijian had been selected to play for the Fiji Bati side for their rugby league international against Samoa last weekend but was ruled out after announcing his departure from Wests Tigers.

Injuries to winger Peter Betham and Alofa Alofa have left the Waratahs skinny on the flanks, leading to the signing of 23-year-old Naiyaravoro.

"He has a strong rugby background and has been a high performer in his age groups. He's a proven finisher, a big, strong, hard-running winger. It's a profile we don't have," said delighted Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.

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