RUGBY UNION - Coventry Rugby sign young Fijian prop Vilikesa Nairau - The Coventry Observer

RUGBY UNION - Coventry Rugby sign young Fijian prop Vilikesa Nairau

COVENTRY Rugby have announced the signing of young Fijian prop Vilikesa Nairau who joins the squad with immediate effect.

The 21-year-old tighthead prop who can also operate on the left-hand side of the scrum when required.

Nairau has represented his country at under-20 level playing against Argentina, Australia and New Zealand in a tournament held on the Sunshine Coast in 2022.

Coventry head coach Alex Rae said: “It’s great to welcome Vilikesa to Coventry – he’s a young man with great potential and some fantastic attributes.

“Physically he’s extremely gifted for a young prop and he can play both sides of the scrum which is a bonus.

“It’s our job to help him settle and feel really welcome as Coventry is a big change from what he is used to.

“It’s a really exciting signing; we believe it’s going to be a great fit for both parties and can’t wait to see him pull on a Cov shirt.”

Nairau also recently played for the Fijian Armed Forces in the World Armed Forces Championship in France.

In Fijian domestic rugby, the prop plays for FMF Suva Rugby who lifted the Skipper Cup in October after he scored a match-clinching try in the final.

Nairau comes with a reputation for being an explosive ball-carrier with a real turn of pace.

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