Snack Media is spending the run-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup taking you through the tournament, the teams and even the terms of one of the world’s most popular sports. Our thirteenth blog looks at Fiji’s Semi Radradra.
With three teams in the top 10 of the world rankings making up Pool D (Wales, Australia and Fiji), it arguably possesses the most talent of any pool this World Cup.
Both Wales and Australia have a number of world class players, and while most Fijian players are less well-known on the world stage, there is no doubt they have supreme talent. One of those is Semi Radradra, who could be a household name in world rugby come the end of the tournament.
Capable of playing on the wing or in the centre, the 27-year-old has only been playing rugby union for two years after a move from rugby league, initially playing for Toulon and then Bordeaux last season in the Top 14.
During his five years in rugby league, Radradra established himself as one of the best wingers in the game, with a scoring record of almost a try every game. He was twice named the Dally M Winger of the Year, and was in the 2015 Rugby League International Federation’s Team of the Year.
He has brought that class to rugby union, setting the Top 14 alight as well as winning the London Sevens with his country. Standing at 6ft 3 and just under 17 stone, the centre moves remarkably well for a man of his size, as he easily glides past defenders in the outside channels of the field. He has pace and power in abundance, as do many of his teammates, and he could be the catalyst to a backline that can make a mockery of any team if they are firing.
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