Sefa Naivalu swaps Rebels for Reds
Cape Town - The Reds have added firepower to their backline ahead of the
upcoming Super Rugby season after signing Wallabies Test wing Sefa Naivalu.
The Fijian flyer, who boasts 10 Wallabies caps and 46 games
of Super Rugby experience will be at Ballymore through 2019 after he was
released by the Melbourne Rebels.
Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) interim CEO David Hanham said: “We’re
delighted to have Sefa at Ballymore. He’s a professional who brings
international experience and will be a welcome addition to our squad.”
Naivalu said he was looking forward to the opportunity at
the Reds and moving to Brisbane knowing there is a strong Fijian community
“I’m very excited to go up there and play with a bunch of
Rugby players who have the potential of getting the job done,” said Naivalu.
“Brad Thorn is a well-known Rugby player and I’m looking
forward to working with him and learning more off him.
“I just need to keep working hard and taking opportunities
and execute how the coaches want me to execute and hopefully I get selected for
the World Cup next year.”
Reds head coach Thorn said: “Sefa’s a good guy, he brings
maturity and experience at the highest level. We look forward to seeing him
further his Rugby career at Queensland.”
Naivalu returned to the Wallabies fold in October this year
against the All Blacks in Yokahama, where he continued his incredible strike
rate in the green and gold - scoring his fifth try in eight Tests.
He again started on the wing in Cardiff for Australia’s
opening Spring Tour clash with Wales, before coming off the bench against
England at Twickenham last month.
In addition to his prolific try-scoring skills with the
Wallabies, the 26-year-old crossed for 16 tries and a total of 80 Super Rugby
points during his four seasons at the Rebels.
Naivalu created history while in Melbourne after he became
the first player from Victoria’s Premier Club Rugby competition to be signed by
the Rebels by then head coach Tony McGahan, who is now the Reds Academy head
coach at Ballymore.