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Force sign Manawatu’s Mesirewa for Super Rugby

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The Western Force have added to their outside back depth by signing Manawatu
Turbos speedster Semisi Mesirewa for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Mesirewa was one of the ITM Cup’s leading tackle busters and line breakers
and ranked 13th in the competition for line breaks, 7th for defenders beaten
and made 84 carries for 596 metres despite missing the last three games due
to injury.

The 23-year-old – who was originally born in Fiji, moved to New Zealand
as a junior to further his rugby career, in 2013 he made his ITM Cup debut for
Waikato and later moved to Manawatu.

After a superb 2015 season for the Turbos he had offers from three of the New
Zealand Super Rugby franchises (Chiefs, Highlanders and Hurricanes),
but decided to head west and join the Western Force.

“I’m so excited to be here and I’m very thankful for the opportunity
that the Western Force has given me,” he said.

“It’s been
really easy settling in and the team have been really supportive, which has
made the move so much easier.”

“What’s really impressed me so far is just how close the team is,
the culture here is great and I can’t wait to be a part of that.”

Western Force Head Coach Michael Foley says Mesirewa has huge potential to take
the next step into Life Super Rugby.

“Semisi’s natural speed and power are real strengths,” he
said.

“So far we’ve been very impressed with Semisi’s attitude and
how he’s adapting to a professional program and without doubt, he has
the ability to make a real impression on the Super Rugby competition.”

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