The Warriors have signed giant Fijian winger Iliesa Junior Ratuva, who has been hailed by the club’s recruitment manager as one of the best athletes they have come across in his time in footy.
The 21-year-old, who has blinding speed despite weighing 110kg and being 196cm tall, will return to Auckland after attending King’s College on a rugby scholarship, where he played as a lock or flanker.
After signing with the Melbourne Storm and switching codes, Ratuva moved out to the wing.
The former Cuvu College student played with the Victorian Thunderbolts in the Queensland under-20 competition, scoring some long-range tries with a long, loping stride.
Peter O’Sullivan says Junior’s progress has been hampered by injury but he’s now back in training and they expect him to develop into a high-class NRL player with some game time under his belt.
Ratuva is signed until the end of the 2022 season.