Junior Showtime

Edinburgh Rugby today confirmed the signing of Western Force centre Solomoni ‘Junior’ Rasolea on a two-year deal.

 

The Brisbane-born 24-year-old represented Fiji in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in 2010 and 2011, helping his side to sixth place at the latter tournament. Later that year he was selected for Australia 7s and played in the squads that competed in the London and Glasgow legs.

Since debuting for Super Rugby side Western Force, against Melbourne Rebels, in 2013, Rasolea has made 28 appearances in the Southern Hemisphere’s premier club competition, scoring 10 points through two tries.

On signing, Rasolea said: "I am really excited about arriving in Edinburgh and getting stuck into northern hemisphere rugby next season.

“I have heard great things about the PRO12 and am looking forward to joining up with the lads in the summer.

“I hope that my knowledge of Super Rugby will be a positive influence on the squad and it will be great to share playing ideas.

“I really enjoy getting my hands on the ball and enjoy the physical side of the game. It’s also going to be great to play with and against players from different playing backgrounds.

 

“Edinburgh is a beautiful city and it’s going to be a great experience for my family. My wife is from the UK and so she has explained about the weather!”

 

Head coach Alan Solomons said: "Junior is a talented young player who has established himself this season as a starter for the Western Force Super Rugby team.

“I am delighted that he has decided to join the club and have no doubt that he will play an important role in moving the club forward."

 

Edinburgh Rugby signings for the 2016/17 season

Rasolea’s moniker brings the total to 20 signings to the club for next season, a list which kicked off in early December 2015 with Scottish age grade back row Jamie Ritchie extending his contract for another three years.

Solomoni Rasolea

Sean Kennedy*

Nathan Fowles*

Glenn Bryce*

Rory Scholes

Ross Ford**

Allan Dell*

Simon Berghan*

Tom Brown**

Phil Burleigh

Cornell Du Preez

Neil Cochrane*

Duncan Weir**

Damien Hoyland**

Stuart McInally**

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne**

Chris Dean*

Alasdair Dickinson**

Ben Toolis**

Jamie Ritchie*

 

*  Scottish qualified

** Scotland internationalist

 

Written by
Isobel Irvine