Fijian Semi Radradra is likely to attract plenty of attention from NRL clubs following a dominant Rugby World Cup campaign, although he won’t come cheap.
The 27-year-old is now one of the hottest players in world rugby, and league clubs will be racing for his signature after another outstanding performance in Japan, this time against Wales.
Radradra recorded five tackle busts and 15 ball-carries for a total of 148m from the wing position. He continued to dismantle the Welsh defence with rib-crunching tackles and knocks, including one massive hit on Welsh fullback Liam Williams.
Combining his strengths of pace, attack, and shift in direction, the man-mountain couldn’t be contained as Fiji were defeated in a gripping contest.
The unfortunate news, is that Fiji’s campaign has ended following their 1-3 record falling behind Wales and Australia in Group D – despite Radradra collecting multiple man-of-the-match performances against both Wales and Georgia.
Radradra will now have scouts from big-name clubs in both England and France chasing his talents, once his mid-2020 contract expires with French club Bordeaux.
After three weeks competing on a global scale, Radradra has developed a fierce reputation as one of the game’s most damaging wingers.
NRL clubs remain very eager too, but it’s unlikely there will be enough cash offered from any team, given Radradra will demand a superstar pay packet in the union code.
Fijian coach John McKee was full of praise for Radradra’s performance and the entire team.
“Semi is a world-class player and he has shown his class in this tournament. To win Player of the Match on the losing team is a big effort,” McKeee said.
“To take it to such a good Welsh team is credit to all of the players and the whole coaching group.
“What was pleasing was that we had an opportunity on the world stage to show what this team is capable of.
“We came here with very high aspirations and we did really want to get to the playoffs but the World Cup is a competitive environment and it’s very difficult to progress from the pool stages for any team.”