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Sport Major signing coup for Waratahs, Wallabies

10:40  14 april  2021
10:40  14 april  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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The 2021 season has been an unmitigated disaster for the NSW Waratahs but 2022 is already looking brighter following the signing of Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco.

The 25-year-old backrower is a Sydney product who cut his teeth with Endeavor Sports High School and Southern Districts.

But his professional career has been spent entirely in Japan with NTT Communications Shining Arcs, Sunwolves and Munakata Sanix Blues.

A damaging ball runner, Warren-Vosayaco caught the eye in 24 Super Rugby games for the now defunct Sunwolves, scoring six tries.

Entering what should be his prime, Warren-Vosayaco has signed on for the 2022 and 2023 Super Rugby seasons and comes into the Wallabies selection frame for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

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a football player on a field: Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco of the Sunwolves makes a break against the Blues at QBE Stadium. © Getty Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco of the Sunwolves makes a break against the Blues at QBE Stadium.

"Prior to the (2019) World Cup in Japan I had conversations with Scott Johnson about potentially coming home to Australia," Warren-Vosayaco said.

"Seeing my childhood mate Brandon Paenga-Amosa doing well at the Reds and representing the Wallabies gave me the fire to come back and have a crack at Super Rugby.

"Growing up in Sydney and being part of the Manu Sutherland Academy at NSW when I was 15 and 16, the Waratahs was always a team I wanted to play for.

"I'm really excited to come back home and wear the sky blue jersey, and hopefully if I can perform well enough get the chance to play for the Wallabies one day."

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Johnson, Rugby Australia's director of rugby, described Warren-Vosayaco a "a great young prospect."

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a man holding his hand up: Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco of the Sunwolves celebrates at FMG Stadium Waikato. © Getty Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco of the Sunwolves celebrates at FMG Stadium Waikato.

"He wanted to explore overseas opportunities a few years ago and in doing so, it allowed him to develop his game," Johnson said.

"He now returns with a real hunger to go to the next level, and that is only a good thing for the Waratahs and potentially the Wallabies as well.

"We have a number of other key targets, both domestically and abroad, that we're working with at the moment to ensure Australian rugby is in the best possible position heading into next year and beyond.

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Warren-Vosayaco will be an option at either No.8 or blindside flanker.

a group of people playing a game of football: Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco of the Sunwolves is tackled at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground. © Getty Images for Sunwolves Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco of the Sunwolves is tackled at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground.

"We've seen what Rahboni is capable of in his previous stint in Super Rugby with the Sunwolves," Waratahs chief executive Paul Doorn said.

"He's an exciting, damaging ball runner who gives another point of difference within our backrow.

"Rahboni is one of our strategic signings for the Waratahs as we look to bolster our squad for our 2022 campaign and beyond."

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Force beat NSW in after-siren thriller .
Western Force flyhalf Domingo Miotti has nailed a penalty after the siren to lift his side to a pulsating 31-30 win over the NSW Waratahs in Perth. © Richard Wainwright/AAP PHOTOS Domingo Miotti (c) kicked the winning points for the Force after the siren against the Waratahs. The Waratahs were on track for their first win of the Super Rugby AU season when unheralded flyhalf Ben Donaldson nailed his sixth kick of the night to give the visitors a 30-21 lead.

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