Utah Warriors signed Viliame Vuli for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old lock/flanker is 6’7″ and 255 lbs.
Puna is from Suva, Fiji and attended Queen Victoria School from 2010-2013. Upon graduation, he attended the University of the South Pacific from 2014-2015. Following his move to Santa Rosa, California, he attended Santa Rosa Junior College in 2016.
Puna played rugby in Fiji with QVSOB Rugby Club in 2014-2015 and SGSOB Rugby Club in 2015. In the United States, he played for Santa Rosa and for Redwood Empire Rugby Clubs. He also played for Lomaiviti Barbarians in the 2018 Rugbytown 7s.
Expect Puna to be a force in the lineouts and in covering the pitch while defending for the Utah Warriors in 2018. Puna played in a preseason scrimmage last week against Utah Valley University. The team has a bye to begin the season and will open their regular season on Friday, February 1 away against Austin Elite Rugby.