The New Year always brings plenty of excitement for rugby fans the world over and in no year is that truer than in one that concludes with a Rugby World Cup.
The young star amongst 8 others that is expected to breakout in 2019 is Vilimoni Botitu.
The presence of a RWC can often boost the club game, with budding young talents given opportunities they wouldn’t normally have.
Rugby Pass have selected nine of the most promising talents from across the globe to keep an eye on in 2019.
Botitu another versatile centre to keep an eye on is Botitu, who was one of the standout performers at the World Rugby U20 Trophy last year, helping secure promotion for Fiji back up into the U20 Championship this year.
Botitu regularly carved open defences with his pace, power and lengthy strides, which would take him out of the clutches of defenders and see him tear off big breaks up the field. His offloading game was also impressive at the tournament and is part of the reason he has been so quickly snapped up by the Fijian sevens side. The 20-year-old has been one of the standout performers on the circuit so far this season.
His teammate from the U20s Ilikena Vudogo was also involved with the sevens, before being picked up by the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL and it is likely there will be just as much interest in Botitu. If he stays in sevens, watch for him to continue impressing on the circuit this year, but if a European club picks him up, he is already at a level where he could make quite the impact for the right club.