Aim to challenge for premiership

WESTERN Sydney Two Blues are fortifying ranks with exciting new talent ahead of the start of their season in April following the departure of some of its stars who have taken up overseas offers.

Irie Papuni and Otu Mausia were both signed to play Super Rugby with Moana Pacifika, Captain Jaycob Matui signed in Japan, Johnny Kawau picked up a gig in Italy and Tolu Latu and Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco both returned to professional clubs.
Two Blues Rugby Union Coach Sailosi Tagicakibau said the signings were massive and proof of the club’s success providing a development pathway for players with the aim of moving on to play professionally.
Falling one win short of a breakthrough Shute Shield finals appearance last year, he said they were working hard to ensure they would not only reach the finals this season but challenge for the premiership.
“We’ve been particular about who we’ve added to the club, bringing in players who are similar to those who’ve moved on professionally,” he said.
“We’ve certainly got some exciting players pushing into the team from colts and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do.
“Other recruits include back rower George Risale who played for the Pacific team against the Warriors, he’s settling into Sydney now, and Dan Faleafa from New Zealand who previously played for rival Randwick and has just completed his season in France.
“Then there’s our talented halves combination of brothers Reece and Rilloy Suesue; it will be their third season with us and hopefully a breakout year for both.”
Tagicakibau said the sevens program won six tournaments from six last year and they’re also hoping to use that as a springboard into the 2024 Shute Shield season.