Rugby ATL re-signed Viliame Helu for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old back-row/No. 8 (26 in March) is 6’4″ and 235 lbs.
Vili played 658 minutes in 16 matches, starting 7, and scored one try for the Ratlers in 2021.
Vili played 121 minutes in three matches, starting at blindside flanker twice, during the COVID-19 truncated 2020 season. During the Fall, he played for Pathway 404. Vili also played against the Utah Warriors during the team’s 2021 preseason match.
Vili is from Alamo, California, and attended Danville High School and played for the Danville Oaks Rugby Club. He was a High School All-American in Rugby. He was also selected to Team USA for the Junior Olympic Youth Games.
Vili attended Saint Mary’s College in California and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He also achieved All-American honors and toured with the All-Americans to Queensland, Australia in 2016. The team traveled to the Collegiate Rugby Championship in 2019 and he also achieved All-American honors.
Vili played with 404 Rugby ATL in the Fall and his performance earned him an MLR contract with Rugby ATL for 2020. He now is in his third year with the team.