Fijian flyer Ratuva signed until 2022

Richard Becht & warriors.kiwi
Tue 30 Jun 2020, 02:10 PM


Giant winger Junior Ratuva has been signed by the Vodafone Warriors until the end of the 2022 NRL season.

After an outstanding schoolboy rugby union career, the 1.96cm, 110kg flyer spent time in the Melbourne Storm’s system in 2018 making an immediate impression as a prolific try scorer.

Highlights reels show the Fijian tearing defences apart with his combination of power, pace and ball-playing skills when he was with the Victorian Thunderbolts in the Queensland under-20 competition.

Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan said Ratuva (21) has the ability to make a huge impact in rugby league.

“Junior is one of the best athletes I’ve come across in my time in footy,” he said.

“His progress has been hampered by injury but he’s now back in training and we expect him to develop into a high-class NRL player with some game time under his belt.

“Junior has worked really hard on his rehab and is primed to hit the ground running in 2021.”

Ratuva was originally brought to New Zealand from Cuvu College in Fiji to play rugby union for the King’s College First XV, where he excelled at lock or flanker.

His switch to rugby league immediately resulted in him being groomed as a winger.

JUNIOR RATUVA
Born: February 15, 1999
Birthplace: Fiji
Junior Club: King’s College (rugby union), Melbourne Storm
Position: Winger
Height: 196cm
Weight: 110kg
Previous Club: Melbourne Storm

 

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Here are the point scoring stats from the game.
 

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Trugoy

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Not sure what game this was from but Redcliffe Dolphins posted this last night.
Thats some serious strapping on the thigh there but maaan, I thought I was looking at a union lock!
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bringmethehorizon

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Not sure what game this was from but Redcliffe Dolphins posted this last night.
Thats some serious strapping on the thigh there but maaan, I thought I was looking at a union lock!
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Im pretty sure he was a union lock.
I'm hoping he's the next best thing like every one else but in the extremely limited highlights of the last game I didn't think he looked like a winger. He looks less agile than Maumalo.
Happy to be proved wrong, was literally about 30 seconds of footage.
 
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brightman

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The Storm had a recruiting initiative to turn tall athletic players into props and it worked well for them.
My concern is Ratuva may not be agile enough for wing as he develops physically but, like some of those Storm recruits and other NRL players past and present could be a boon in the forwards.
Either way, I hope he cracks it with us..
 

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PO’S claims Ratuva is the most talented player he’s scouted I’ve read before. Pretty impressive when you consider the talent he’s identified in his career. All the strapping on the thigh might be hindering him at the moment. Seems to pick up a lot of injuries though.
 

Swanny

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PO’S claims Ratuva is the most talented player he’s scouted I’ve read before. Pretty impressive when you consider the talent he’s identified in his career. All the strapping on the thigh might be hindering him at the moment. Seems to pick up a lot of injuries though.
Yeah only 60m per game in his first 2 games suggests he is far from full fitness
 
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J_P

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PO’S claims Ratuva is the most talented player he’s scouted I’ve read before. Pretty impressive when you consider the talent he’s identified in his career. All the strapping on the thigh might be hindering him at the moment. Seems to pick up a lot of injuries though.
I think he said most "athletic" from memory.
 
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