Watisoni Votu (born 25 March 1985 in Lautoka, Fiji) is a Fijian rugby union player. He plays Wing or Centre for Fiji on international level. Watisoni also played for the province, Lautoka. Following a series of visa complications Votu's transfer was delayed to English Aviva Premiership side Exeter Chiefs,

Watisoni Votu
Watisoni Votu June 2014.jpg
Votu in 2014
Birth nameWatisoni Votu
Date of birth (1985-03-25) 25 March 1985 (age 34)
Place of birthLautoka, Fiji
Height1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing/ Centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012−13
2013−2015
2015−
Exeter Chiefs
Perpignan
Pau
7
36
100
(10)2t
(30)6t
(200)40t
Correct as of 14 June 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012− Fiji 13 (25)5t
Correct as of 17 November 2019
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2009 Fiji 2

Watisoni Votu got to be a part of the Fiji Sevens team in 2009 for the 2008-09 IRB 7s World Series.

In February 2012, Votu trialled with rugby league team, Newcastle Knights in hope of a contract but instead chose to consider offers from overseas.[1]

Votu made his debut for Fiji in 2012 against Japan in the Pacific Nations Cup.[2] He then was named in the sides 2012 end of year tour campaign. Votu took part in all four matches, playing against Gloucester, Ireland XV, Georgia and England.[3]

Votu transfer to Exeter was completed on 9 January 2013.[4] This took Exeter even longer due to an incident that took place in Levuka Town in Ovalau, Fiji in which Votu allegedly assaulted a woman.[5] It was announced on 20 April 2013 that Votu at the conclusion of the 2012/2013 season will join French side USA Perpignan.[6]

In April 2015, Votu signed for newly promoted Top 14 side, Pau.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.tawakilagi.com/2012/02/25/watisoni-votu-dropped-from-knights/
  2. ^ "Japan v Fiji". ESPN scrum.
  3. ^ 2012 end-of-year rugby union tests
  4. ^ BBC Sport. "Exeter Chiefs finally complete Watisoni Votu deal". Brent Pilnick. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  5. ^ SAUVAKACOLO, SITERI (18 July 2012). "Votu Faces Court". Fiji Sun.
  6. ^ "Perpignan confirm seven new signings". ESPNScrum. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Pau : Watisoni Votu aurait signé". actu. 13 April 2015.

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