Jersey sign new scrum-half


International scrum-half Samisoni Fisilau has become the latest addition to the Jersey RFC squad.

Fisilau, who has won 15 caps for his native Tonga, comes to the Island after playing the majority of his professional rugby in New Zealand, most recently for Bay of Plenty in the ITM Cup. He joined Bay of Plenty from Counties Manukau in 2011 and was also a squad member for the Wellington-based Super Rugby franchise the Hurricanes.


The 27-year-old (pictured above), nicknamed 'Fish', is a replacement for Nicky Griffiths, who parted company with the club in early December in order to return home to Wales.

"We've been looking for some time to sign a scrum-half and have had Sami on the radar - I'm very pleased that his signing is confirmed and he's arrived on the Island and got his boots on," said Head Coach Harvey Biljon. "He is a very talented player who still has international ambitions and is looking to develop his career in Europe.

"He's a powerful man to be wearing the number 9 shirt and I think his style of play will complement our existing scrum-halves Joel Dudley and Ryan Glynn."

Fisilau, who stands 6ft 2ins tall and weighs just over 16 stone, will be in contention for Jersey's next match in the Greene King IPA Championship, the away trip to Doncaster this Saturday. He made his debut for Tonga in 2010, played in the 2011 Rugby World Cup and won his most recent cap against Fiji last June.

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