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Fiji’s Botia extends contract

Fiji’s Levani Botia has extended his contract by two years with La Rochelle, the French Top 14 side announced.

The 32-year-old, who has played 140 times for the club since joining them when they were in the second division in 2014, is now set to stay on the Atlantic coast until 2024.

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This season he has played largely in the centre in his six appearances in the Top 14 but La Rochelle said they would be looking to play Botia, nicknamed “Demolition Man” on the flank.

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Fiji’s Levani Botia (R) has extended his contract by two years with La Rochelle. Picture: Pascal GUYOT / AFP

“He will be repositioned mainly in the back-row, while allowing him to remain competitive at centre so he can try for a place at the 2023 World Cup with Fiji,” said La Rochelle.

Botia, who played the last of his 21 internationals against New Zealand last July, is currently recovering following knee surgery. He is due to return to the field in February.

La Rochelle, who are sixth in the Top 14, are set to host English club Bath on Saturday in the European Champions Cup.

© Agence France-Presse

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