Sisa Koyamaibole

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Sisa Koyamaibole
Full name Sisaro Dautu Koyamaibole
Date of birth (1980-03-06) 6 March 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Suva, Fiji
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 120 kg (18 st 13 lb)[1]
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Number eight, Flanker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1999–2004
2001
2001–2006
2002–2003
2003–2004
2004–2006
2006–2008
2008–2009
2009–2011
2011–12
2012-13
2013-14
Lomaiviti
Fiji Barbarians
Fiji Warriors
Toyota Shokki
Nadroga
Suva Highlanders
Petrarca
Toulon
Sale Sharks
Lyon
Bordeaux Bègles
Brive


1


16
37
11
49
14
4
9


(0)


(30)
(80)
(5)
(50)
10
0
(15)
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004–2005
2005–2006
Counties
Taranaki

4

(5)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2001–
2004–2008
Fiji
Pacific Islanders
46
5
(15)
(0)
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
2001 Fiji Japan

Sisaro Dautu Koyamaibole (born 6 March 1980) is a Fijian rugby union player. His usual position is at number eight. Koyamaibole also plays for Fiji, including playing in the 2003 Rugby World Cup, the 2007 Rugby World Cup and the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and has played for the Fiji Sevens in rugby sevens tournaments. At club level, he has represented Taranaki, Petrarca Padova, Toulon, Sale Sharks, Lyon OU, Bordeaux Bègles and currently plays for Brive.

Career[edit]

born 6 March 1980 in Suva, Koyamaibole began his international career in 2001 making his debut against Tonga. Koyamaibole was one of the few local Fijian club players to be selected for the 2003 Rugby World Cup. In 2004 Koyamaibole moved to the Number 8 position where he also played for the Pacific Islanders. After showing impressive form for the Pacific Islanders that year, Koyamaibole was given a contract with New Zealand club Counties Manakau. A year later he moved to Taranaki, but missed most of the season due to injury and then a long suspension. He played every test for Fiji between 2001 and 2004, however between 2005 and 2007, Koyamaibole did not play any Tests for Fiji.[2] This was reportedly due to a falling out with Wayne Pivac, then coach of Fiji.[3][4]

2007 World Cup[edit]

When Fiji announced their 30-man squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Koyamaibole was one of the most experienced members, one of only four players to have more than 30 caps at the time.[5] Koyamaibole was part of the Fiji team that knocked Wales out of the tournament by winning 38–34,[6] and played in Fiji's first quarter-final at a Rugby World Cup since the 1987 Rugby World Cup. Although they lost 37–20 to eventual winners, South Africa, Fiji received a standing ovation from the crowd despite South African player Jaque Fourie commenting before the match that Fiji did not deserve the respect of the Springboks.[7] Koyamaibole played five matches in the tournament, playing at number eight on four occasions.[8]

Toulon[edit]

It was announced in June 2008 that Koyamaibole would join French club RC Toulonnais. He was one of several players signed by the club as the club prepared for the 2008-09 Top 14 season – the top level of the national league system of France – having secured promotion the previous season.[9] The club struggled to avoid relegation for most of the season, although managed to stay in the top flight.[10] Koyamaibole left the club at the end of the season and was offered a contract with English club Sale Sharks

Sale Sharks[edit]

In May 2009 it was announced that Koyamaibole had signed a two-year contract for Guinness Premiership side Sale Sharks. Kingsley Jones, Sale's director of rugby, described Koyamaibole as "a gifted athlete who is very mobile around the field" with "excellent discipline".[11] He was one of several players signed by Sale in the off-season after the departure of Philippe Saint-André as director of rugby and several players. Jones requested that Koyamaibole try to lose nearly 3 stone to slim down to the weight of 18.5 stone, as he was at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.[12] Koyamaibole commented that Sale was different to the clubs he had previously been a part of, with a focus on professionalism and fitness. It was possible that commitments to Sale would conflict with international duties, but he has stated that "if I can be released by the club then I'll be more than happy to play for Fiji".

Koyamaibole made his debut for Sale on 4 September 2009, dominating the scrum with fellow Sale-debutant Jack Forster. The match, which was the opening game of the 2009–10 Guinness Premiership, was won by Sale who defeated the Leicester Tigers, the defending champions, 15–12.[13]

Often thought of as a limited rugby player with little football intelligence, Koyamaibole had a good start to his Sale career, his strong carrying is a joy to behold, although he can often get isolated and turned over.

Koyamaibole was given a two-week ban starting on 26 January 2011, for kicking Saracens' Richard Wigglesworth during Sale's 28–22 victory over the club.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FijiRugby.com Players: Sisa Koyamaibole". web page. Fiji Rugby Union. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Statsguru / Player analysis / Sisa Koyamaibole / Test matches". Scrum.com. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sisa relishes Sharks dream". FijiTimes.com. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Sisa a key figure this season: Sale boss". FijiLive.com. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Fiji unveil two new faces in RWC squad". RugbyWorldCup.com. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Wales 34–38 Fiji". BBC.co.uk. 29 September 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  7. ^ Rees, Paul (8 October 2007). "Smit snaps Springboks out of shock to foil Fiji's drive for greatness". London: Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Statsguru / Player analysis / Sisa Koyamaibole / Test matches". Scrum.com. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Koyamaibole seals Toulon T14 deal". FijiLive.com. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Big names, big budgets". Scrum.com. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  11. ^ Gallagher, Brendan (13 May 2009). "Fijian No 8 Sisa Koyamaibole signs for Sale Sharks". London: Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  12. ^ "Sale Sharks ready to unleash Fiji giant". ManchesterEveningNews.co.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "Sale 15–12 Leicester". BBC.co.uk. 4 September 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  14. ^ Sale's Sisa Koyamaibole handed two-week kicking ban, BBC Sport, 11 January 2011, retrieved 12 January 2011 

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