Houston SaberCats & Josua Vici
The Houston SaberCats have re-signed Josua Vici for the 2019Major League Rugby season. He is from Niudua, Naceva in Kadavu, Fiji and is 24 years old, 6’0″ tall, and weighs 202 pounds.
Vici attended LeLean Memorial School, one of the largest co-ed schools in Fiji and is affiliated with the Methodist Church.
His first rugby club was with the Raven Bluez, which was formed my brothers and I. He then played with the Duavata Blues when he was still in his village before moving to play with Uluninakau Rugby Club and Tailevu Rugby Team. With Uluninakau, he played in the Nacinu Rugby Union Club finals in 2016, captaining the side and beating Tacirua.
In 2016 Vici played in the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s for Army Green and in the Central Coast 7s for Uluninakau. In 2017 he also played for Uluninakau in the Nakelo 7s and the Coral Coast 7s. He then played for defending champion, UBB Gavekal, in the 2017 Hong Kong Tens.
Josua Vici and Fiji Sevens
Josua Vici debuted for the Fiji National Sevens team at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas in 2016. He also played the following week in the Canada Sevens. Fiji was first in the HSBC Sevens Series for the 2015/2016 season. Following the season, Vici was included by Ben Ryan in the Fiji Extended Squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
During the 2016-2017 HSBC Sevens Series, he played in the Dubai 7s, Cape Town 7s and later at the Singapore 7s in 2017.
Josua Vici and Houston SaberCats
Josau joined the Houston SaberCats for the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby season. The team played the most extensive pre-season of any of the MLR teams before the regular season began in April 2018.
Vici, a wing, was the 5th leading try scorer in Major League Rugby during the 2018 season with 5 tries. He started in the 5 matches he played and was the second leading points scorer for the team. Combining with preseason totals, he scored 17 tries and 85 points, making him 3rd in scoring to SAm Windsor and Zach Pangelinan’s 89 points.
Vici is a powerful, yet elusive runner, who utilizes his rugby sevens experience from playing for the Fiji national sevens team and others. In his first Major League Rugby regular season match against NOLA Gold Rugby Club, he caught a Taylor Howden clearance kick and raced 60-meters for a solo try.
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