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.”Tweet