The Dallas Jackals signed Josateki Degei for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old fullback (24 in January) is 6’2″ and 195 lbs.
Josateki is from Sigatoka, Fiji, and attended Ratu Kadavulevu School, and then Lodoniversity.
In 2016, Josateki joined the Suva Stallions Rugby Club and Suva Rugby. The Suva Stallions Rugby Club is part of the Escott Shield Premier league. Suva Rugby, a Fiji Rugby Provincial Club, is the oldest and largest provisional union in Fiji. In 2018, Josateki won the Provincial Regional Championships, with Suva Rugby. He continued with the Stallions and Suva Rugby through 2019. josateki also played rugby for Fiji Bitter Gaunavou and for the Barbarian Brothers.
In 2017 he represented Fiji in the U20s, winning the Oceania 7s and playing in the World Rugby U20 Trophy competition.
In 2017/2018 he played in the World Rugby Pacific Challenge and also during 2019/2020. In 2020 he was part of the Fijian Latui extended squad for the Global Rapid Rugby season, as well as for 2020 Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors. He also helped Namosi Rugby Club win the 2020 Skipper Cup for over Yasawa.
The Dallas Jackals will have an exciting addition on the wing for the 2021 season.
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Presently, Josateki competes for Namosi Rugby Club. He says, “Playing rugby was a dream that needed a lot of sacrifices, hard work, and commitment to be where I am today.” He continued to say that one reason he loves rugby is the bonds and friendships that are developed that last a lifetime.
Josateki says he’s excited to be a Jackal to honor his family and all those that have been a part of his rugby journey. “And of course it’s a great chance to further my skills in rugby.” He is excited to move to Dallas to experience what life in Dallas is like. Josateki continued, “hopefully one day I can bring my wife and son over to experience it with me.” Welcome to the pack Josetaki!