The Houston SaberCats signed Apisai Tauyavuca for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old lock (28 in April) is 6’6″ and 250 lbs.
Apisai is from Mabula village in the province of Cicia on the Fijian island of Lau. Maternal links are shared with Nasau, Nabukelevu in Kadavu.
He attended Queen Victoria School from 2006-2011. The following year he moved to New Zealand and spent a year at Hamilton Boys’High School, also playing rugby. From 2013-2014 he attended Teikyo University in Tokyo, Japan, majoring in Tourism and Managemen,t before returning to Fiji to attend the University of South Pacific to pursue Hotel Management in 2014-2015.
Apisai played for QvsoB Rugby Club in club rugby before joining Suva Rugby Union in the Skipper Cup competition from 2016-2018. According to Apisai, “QvsoB Rugby Club played a major role in his rugby career both as a person and as a player.
Apisai played for the Fiji Warriors before joining the Fijian Drua in Australia’s National Rugby Championship in 2017, where he made four appearances. Between 2018-2020 he played Pro 14 Rugby with Zebre and also played in the European Challenge Cup.
He is currently part of the Fiji Rugby Union High-Performance Unit (HPU) program. He looks forward to a new challenge in playing in Major League Rugby with the Houston SaberCats in 2021.
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