Semi Radradra: Bristol Bears sign Fiji Rugby World Cup star
Fiji’s Rugby World Cup star Semi Radradra will combine forces leaders Bristol Bears year to get a contract.
The 27-year-old, who switched codes from league produced a string of impressive displays at the World Cup involving two attempts in the triumph over Georgia of Fiji.
Radradra was linked with a move back into the NRL, where he scored 82 attempts in 94 matches for Parramatta Eels and was named Dally M winger of the year for two seasons in a row, but will rather make the move to Ashton Gate out of Bordeaux-Begles.
“There is not any doubt that Semi is still among the best players on earth,” explained Bristol manager of rugby Pat Lam. “He’s truly a world-class actor and we are so excited about what he could do for the group.
“Every leading team across both codes on the planet wanted him, so for Bristol to have the ability to bring in a player of his caliber underlines the great work that the club is doing.
“As a person and a player, he’s perfect for our culture which puts an emphasis on community and higher performance.
“I must know Semi nicely at the Barbarians and we’re ignored by his professionalism and dedication.
“He’s world class due to the constant work and preparation he puts into his game, day in day out.
“It is not surprising he has taken the World Cup and French Top 14 by storm – Semi is the best professional”
Radradra spent a season with Toulon before joining Bordeaux in 2018. He scored a try in the Challenge Cup draw of Bordeaux away last weekend.
“Bristol are one of the most exciting teams in Europe today and also the manner that they are doing things is making everybody take note,” explained Radradra.
“I visited the world-class facilities in Ashton Gate and watched the improvement of the new training floor – it is a fantastic club to be joining with a glowing future ahead.
“I can’t wait to begin and leading to this Bristol Bears vision”