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Another Islander for the Stormers?

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 14 Jan 2009 at 21:00
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The Stormers could be joined by another South Pacific Islander in the coming Super 14 season if young Tongan Alipate Fatafehi impresses during his short stint with the Cape franchise.

SuperRugby reports that Alipate Fatafehi joined the Stormers on their pre-season training camp after his agent made contact with coach Rassie Erasmus. With giant Fijian Sireli Naqelevuki already making an impact and rapidly improving as a player, Erasmus was not averse to the idea of taking a look at the Tongan, who participated in a Stormers training session on Wednesday.

“Fatafehi has impressed as part of the Tongan Sevens team. His agent contacted us and told us that he was a great fan of the way we play and we agreed to fly him in to enable him to see if he is happy with the set-up and have a couple of training sessions with us,” said Erasmus.

“He plays centre, wing and fullback, so he could be useful to us if he proves himself. He is scheduled to fly back on Friday this week, which unfortunately means we won’t have a chance to see him in a game situation, but we may postpone the flight if we are allowed to select more than the match 22 for next week’s warm-up match against Saracens.

“It would be ideal if we could get to see him run in that game. We will be discussing our selections for the Saracens fixture on Friday.”


  • If he is any good, he could be axactly what they need to help the midfield depth.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.01.09 07:37:46 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Can’t find much info on this oke. Only that he’s 6 foot 4 and weighs 112kg. Must be in the region of 25 years old.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.01.09 10:23:12 by McLovin Reply
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  • Why isn’t he playing for Otago anymore one has to wonder.

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.01.09 10:23:42 by McLovin Reply
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  • Seems he’s more of a sevens player.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.01.09 10:27:08 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : yeah – if the Epi Taione incident taught us one thing, it’s that the New Zealanders are far better spotters of Island talent than we are. If he’s not good enough to be playing Super Rugby for one of their squads, he shouldn’t be looking at getting into one of ours.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.01.09 10:28:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : By the looks of it he’s hardly good enough for their Air New Zealand Cup team.

    But you never know. :roll:

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.01.09 10:32:45 by McLovin Reply

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  • Doesn’t look he made the Tongan squad for the 2008 IRB Pacific Nations Cup either.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.01.09 10:38:27 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 7) : so not very good, then…

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.01.09 10:59:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : I fear not…

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.01.09 11:02:15 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : soon he too will go AWOL. Fear not :)

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.01.09 11:13:07 by robdylan Reply
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