Virimi Vakatawa rugby player
Virimi Vakatawa rugby player

Virimi Vakatawa

1st May 1992 1.86m/92kg Left Wing

Vakatawa is a Fijian-born rugby union player who plays for the France national rugby 7s team. His position is wing and centre. He played for Racing Métro 92 in the Top 14 between 2011 and 2013. He joined the French 7s team in 2014 and in January 2016, he was included in the French national team for the 2016 Six Nations Championship.

He began his career in Fiji playing for his school Nasinu Secondary School before getting recruited by France-based Fijian winger, Sireli Bobo and joining Racing Métro 92 in 2010. He was mentored by another former flying Fijian in Simon Raiwalui.

In October 2016, he was included again in the French 15's team even though he has yet to play for a Top 14 team. He played his first game on the wing against Samoa, scoring three tries. He played a week later against Australia scoring a try in their 23-25 loss.

He partnered Noa Nakaitaci on the wings and was renamed alongside Noa in their final test of the year against New Zealand. He was also named in the French 7's team for the 2016 Dubai Sevens a week later. He did not tour Argentina in the summer but returned to start all three autumn internationals, scoring a hat-trick against Samoa & one against Australia.

He has been named in the France 6 Nations squad for the upcoming tournament, having previously played 5 Six Nations matches - crossing the try-line once.

Vakatawa, 25, has scored six tries in 13 Tests and is currently on tour with France in South Africa. Offers were also made by Pau and Lyon to acquire his services, but a return home makes sense.

According to reports in France, Vakatawa is set to return to full-time XVs action with Racing 92.

As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Vakatawa has had 17 European Cups appearances scoring 2 tries and 10 points.

(13/6/17)
ML 8/10/18

Career

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Outside Centre
2012 - present
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Outside Centre
2014 - present
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Left Wing
2016 - 2018