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The Next Great Fijian Star Set To Dominate The English Premiership

The Next Great Fijian Star Set To Dominate The English Premiership

Kalaveti Ravouvou could be the next Fijian to become a rugby superstar in the European Professional leagues in the 2023-2024 season. He signed with Bristol.

Aug 1, 2023 by Philip Bendon
The Next Great Fijian Star Set To Dominate The English Premiership

The wheels, they keep on turning. In the ever-expanding universe of rugby fixtures, attention quickly is shifting toward the Rugby World Cup. 

Now less than six weeks out from kickoff, the teams from the Northern Hemisphere join their rivals from the Southern Hemisphere in taking to the pitch to get some meaningful match minutes.

For the majority of England’s top talent, the last time they kicked a ball in anger was during the Premiership finals series. 

Contesting the semifinals last season were the Sale Sharks, Leicester Tigers, Saracens and Northampton Saints. 

This success has been reflected in Steve Borthwick’s World Cup training squads, with several players from each of these clubs set to form the backbone of England’s campaign. 

Of course, it isn’t just English talent who ply their trade in the Premiership, as some of the game’s most talented players travel from far and wide to play in England’s top flight. 

One such player who will be joining the league next season is Kalaveti Ravouvou, who has enjoyed a breakout season for Super Rugby franchise the Fijian Drua. 

The 25-year-old is an absolute handful, both in attack and defense, as he combines the legendary Fijian creativity with the hard-edge physicality for which the Pacific Islanders are renowned. 

Signing for the West Country's Bristol Bears, Ravouvou will look to fill the void left by his international captain, Semi Radradra, who has departed for French Top 14's Lyon. 

While Ravouvou is by no means a like-for-like replacement, his fast-and-loose style would appear to fit perfectly with head coach Pat Lam’s game plan. 

Before arriving in Bristol, however, is the small matter of the World Cup, which Ravouvou looks set to be involved with, having been named in the Fijian training squads.