Western Force re-sign Rasolea for two seasons

The Western Force have continued to build for their 10th season in Super Rugby
with the re-signing of Fijian winger Solomoni Rasolea for a further two seasons.

The 23-year-old’s re-signing continues the Force’s retention run
that has already seen Nathan Charles, Dane Haylett-Petty, Rory Walton and Chris
Alcock re-commit to the Western Australian club in the past 10 days.

Rasolea has been a regular face in the Force’s match 23 over the past
two seasons since joining the Force from the Australian Sevens side.

The powerfully-built former Fiji Under 20 representative has started in 15
of his 21 caps for the club, despite being sidelined for seven matches this
season with a broken wrist suffered against the Queensland Reds in Week Eight.

Rasolea says he’s excited about remaining with the Western Force.

“From a rugby view, the decision to stay with the Force was a very straightforward
one for me,” he said.

“The boys and staff here are excellent, we’ve got great leadership
and coaching, and it’s exciting to see how far we can go as a team.

“I’m very close to my family in Brisbane but Mum and Dad both encouraged
me to stay somewhere where I’m really enjoying my rugby, and they’ve
promised to keep visiting.

“I love being part of this team. We’ve got a great bunch of boys
here and we know that as long as we’re maintaining our standards and keep
chipping away, we’ll be a in a good position to go further in this competition.

“I feel like I’m really starting to find my feet as part of the
team at Super Rugby level. It doesn’t matter whether I’ve played
on the wing, outside [centre] or inside [centre], I’ve definitely grown
in knowledge and understanding the game.

“Breaking my wrist this season was very frustrating but these things
are often beyond our control, and I was able to spend the time working on other
areas of my game and fitness which helped me get back for a few games at the
end of the season.”

Head Coach Michael Foley says Rasolea is continuing to develop into a key attacking
weapon in the Western Force backline.

“While Junior’s season was unfortunately disrupted through injury,
he still showed what a dangerous player he can be and it’s fantastic to
have him re-commit for another two seasons,” he said.

“He’s still only early in his Super Rugby career, but has already
begun to develop combinations within our backs squad that will become more potent
over time.”

Name: Solomoni Rasolea
Born: 29/04/1991, Brisbane
Position: Centre/Wing

Club: Cottesloe
Height: 184cm
Weight: 102kg
Super Rugby caps: 21
Super Rugby points: 10 (2 tries)
Super Rugby debut: 2013 v Rebels, Melbourne
Representative Rugby: 2011-2012 Australian Sevens, 2010-2011 Fiji Under 20,
2008-2009 Queensland Schoolboys

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