The Fiji Times »Fijian duo join North Queensland Toyota Cowboys for 2022 NRL season
Fijian Olympic gold medalist Iosefo Masikau and national rugby representative Taniela Sadrugu will join the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys for the 2022 NRL season.
The Australian Professional Rugby League club have confirmed on their website that Masikau and Sadrugu will arrive in North Queensland for the preseason in November, and the duo will train full-time alongside the Cowboys squad. NRL for the duration of the 2022 season.
The club said Masikau and Sadrugu are joining the Cowboys on Train and Replacement contracts, which will allow them to train alongside the Cowboys NRL squad.
After the preseason, both players will be assigned to one of the Cowboys’ three starting clubs in the Queensland Cup, but will continue to train alongside the NRL team from North Queensland in the midst of week, adds the club.
Cowboys scouting director Dane Campbell praised Masikau’s skill, saying he can handle any position in the bottom five.
“He has shown a high level of athleticism and is willing to defend, which we are sure will transfer well to the rugby league,” Campbell said in the club statement.
As for Sadrugu, he said that the 2020 Suva Rugby Player of the Year is a “very tough competitor who loves collisions and who will be trained as both a center forward and a forward.”
“He (Sadrugu) has good speed and is well regarded by us in rugby sevens circles, so we can’t wait to see him grow and develop his game with the Cowboys.”
According to the club, Masikau, 23, is presenting himself as a versatile outside full-back in his transition to the rugby league and will spend time training at the wing, center and back.
And Sadrugu, who is said to have played most of his rugby career as a flanker will be trained as a forward after joining the Cowboys.
Both players got a taste of North Queensland life as members of the Fiji squad for the recent Oceania Sevens in Townsville, Cowboys said.