Fiji rejects the French

French interest in Super Rugby speedster Vinaya Habosi has been reportedly turned down by coaches of the Flying Fijians and Fijian Drua.

Habosi was one of the standout wingers of Super Rugby Pacific this year with blistering pace and ability to either beat or run over any opponent.

His running game shows glimpses of former rugby speedster Rupeni Caucaunibuca who was considered the best winger in the world during his time.

Many have posed the question of whether he was the fastest winger in Super Rugby. He scored five tries in 11 games and made 21 try assists in the last season.

According to the Fiji Rugby Union, a French club had intended to take Habosi on loan until the start of the Super Rugby season.

This did not go down well with the coaches as Habosi is among those players the Flying Fijians are grooming for the Rugby World Cup.

French clubs have in the past taken players in such deals but this has not turned out well for national duties. Most players end up earning contracts and French clubs are often not lenient on releasing players for national duties.

FRU Chair Commodore Humphrey Tawake told local media that the Drua coaches with the Flying Fijians coach agreed collectively to decline the club’s bid.

He said the decision was made partially for player welfare and of the high-performance requirements when he returns if loaned to the club.

Habosi is expected to make the Flying Fijians northern tour squad in November before joining the Drua for the new season.

Fjian flyer Vinaya Habosi was being pursued a French club. Picture Vinaya Habosi Facebook
French interest in Super Rugby speedster Vinaya Habosi has been reportedly turned down. Picture: Vinaya Habosi Facebook

The Fijian Drua will mount its second Super Rugby Pacific campaign with six home games locked in for Fiji in 2023. Coming to Fiji next year are 2022 champions Crusaders, 2022 finalists Blues, Melbourne Rebels, Queensland Reds, Moana Pasifika and the Hurricanes.

The Drua will host the Waratahs in Melbourne during the Super Round, which was announced last week. For its away games in 2023, the Drua will travel to Auckland, Brisbane, Dunedin, Canberra, Hamilton, Perth, and Sydney.

Fijian Drua CEO Brian Thorburn said: “We’re also happy that our amazing fans will get to witness the Crusaders, Melbourne Rebels, Blues, Hurricanes, Moana Pasifika, and Queensland Reds right here! A trip to Fiji now presents visiting teams with a daunting challenge on the field but a wonderful Fiji tourism experience for their fans off it.”

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