Neria ‘Bubba’ Fomai’s explosive speed has secured him a regular starting spot with the Ranfurly Shield holders, the Hawke’s Bay Magpies. Right from his Magpies debut against Northland in 2019, he has become a familiar sight with ball in hand heading towards the tryline. His ability to hit the ball at pace has made him one of the most impressive finishers in the NPC for the last couple of seasons. It’s the same pace that helped him notch up an impressive 65 points in 60 sevens matches for Samoa on the World Rugby Sevens Series circuit. Fomai’s career boasts a World Rugby Sevens World Cup and Commonwealth Games campaigns. Combined with his natural strength, his ability to play centre and in the backline makes him an exciting prospect for Moana Pasifika. Named the Hawke’s Bay province’s club player of the year in 2018, has had stints in the Blues and Highlanders environment, and is sure to be a key man for Moana.
The Upper-Hutt bred player is a stalwart of Samoan Sevens rugby having notched up a huge 201 matches and 47 tries for Samoa on the World Rugby Sevens circuit. After making the decision to switch to focus to Sevens in 2015, Alosio pursued his world stage dreams going on to play in the Commonwealth Games in 2018. Listed in the top 15 all-time points scorers, for Samoa in World Rugby sevens, with 391 points, Alosio brings another level of experience to the playing group. This year he returned to his home-town Wellington Lions team donning the black and yellow colours again for the first time since 2015.
Born in Apia, the Australia Under 20s representative in the 2013 Junior World Championship, made his Super Rugby debut in 2016 for the Queensland Reds before moving to the Western Force in 2018 amassing a total 27 super Rugby caps between the two teams. The powerful centre, and handy boot, earned his international call up with the Manu for the 2017 and 2019 Pacific Nations Cup, and then the 2019 Rugby World Cup, collecting 10 caps along the waySee all news