The NSW Waratahs have signed exciting Wests Tigers winger Taqele Naiyaravoro for the rest of 2014 Asteron Life Super Rugby season and 2015.
“I always knew I would come back to union and joining the Waratahs is very exciting,” said Naiyaravoro. “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,” beamed the Waratahs’ latest recruit, who joined the squad for training earlier this week.
Naiyaravoro played rugby all through his school days in Fiji and made the national Under 16s team playing both as a winger and flanker.
The flying Fijian had been selected to play for the Vodafone 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.