Old Glory DC re-signed Tevita Naqali for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old Fijian lock/blindside flanker/No8 (29 in June) is 6’6″ and 255 lbs.
During the 2021 MLR season, Tevita appeared in 14 matches (12 starts), playing 962 minutes, scoring two tries, had 124 ball carries for 514 meters, made 107 successful tackles, and arrived at 264 rucks.
In the covid-19 shortened 2000 season, he played all 400 minutes in his 5 starts.
Tevita is from Nadroga, Fiji, and attended Suva Grammar School where he studied Technical Science. He then attended Fiji National University where he graduated in 2011 with a degree in telecommunication and networking.
Tevita played for Fiji Bati in 2010 and was selected for the U18s tour to Australia. From 2011-2016 he played for the Covenant Brothers. For the first year, he played with the U20s before moving to the Senior side the following year. He also played for the Suva Provincial Club.
Covenant Brothers Ministry Jan 2011 – Jun 2016 Started playing from the U20 grade (2011) till I was drafted up to the premier team (2012-2016).
Tevita played for the Fijian Drua for two seasons since 2018 in the Australian National Rugby Championship. He also played for Valladolid Rugby Asociación Club in Spain in the Division de Honor de Rugby in 2019, as well as for Fijian Latui that was part of the Global Rapid Rugby Showcase Series.
Old Glory DC Comments
“I’m really excited and privileged to be part of the Old Glory family again next season,” said the utility forward on re-signing with Old Glory. “I can’t wait to train again with the brothers and continue to improve from where we left off last season.”
“Tevita is in his 3rd year with the club and very much an integral part of the family,” said Head Coach Andrew Douglas. “It’s great to see him continue on this journey with Old Glory. He’s a hard-working, naturally skilled big man and he’s very well-liked in the club. We’re looking forward to seeing him take his game to a new level in 2022 and continue the entertaining style he plays.”