The Dallas Jackals signed Tuidraki Samusamuvodre for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 22-year-old flyhalf, who has played wing, (23 in February) is 5’9″ and 190 lbs.
Tuidraki was born and raised in Nadi, Fiji, a town on the west side of the island known for tourism. He attended and played rugby at Ratu Navula College, majoring in Applied Sciences and Technology, before deciding to move to Fiji’s capital city Suva to pursue rugby. He also studied at Nadi Muslim College, and computer science at Nasvillian College.
Tuidraki joined Gaunavou Rugby Club in 2016. In 2017, he joined the Australian based club Southern District Colts.
In 2019, Tuidraki played provincial rugby for Nadi Rugby and has represented Fijian Latui and Fijian Airways Fijian Drua for a couple of seasons. In 2019, Tuidraki joined the Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors where he helped the team become Pacific Rugby Challenge Champions. He played in three matches, starting twice, and scoring 22 points (4 tries). In 2020, Tuidraki captained the Warriors and played in the Pacific Rugby Challenge again, starting all 3 matches and scoring 21 points (3 tries).
Currently, Tuidraki plays for Naitasiri Highlanders Club.
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“Rugby is my passion. It was a dream that required much sacrifice and commitment to be where I am today, but it was worth it,” Tuidaki said. “I love rugby because it not only keeps you fit but also teaches morals for you to lead your life.”
Tuidraki is excited to join the Jackals to further his rugby experience. He also hopes to make his parents and everyone that had been involved in his rugby journal proud by furthering his career in the US. He joked, “I’m excited to move to Dallas as this would be my first time to go past
Australia. But all jokes aside, I look forward to experiencing life in Dallas and hopefully, one day bring my family over to experience it with me.” Welcome to the pack Tuidraki!