Alipate Ratini

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Alipate Ratini
Alipate Ratini 2014.jpg
Birth nameRatu Alipate Ratini
Date of birth (1991-02-17) February 17, 1991 (age 28)
Place of birthNamosi, Fiji
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight92 kg (14 st 7 lb; 203 lb)
Notable relative(s)Marika Koroibete (cousin)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
Current team Stade Francais
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013-2015
2015-2016
2016-2017
2017-2018
FC Grenoble
Stade Rochelais
USA Perpignan
AS Beziers
35
3
15
10
(85)
(0)
(40)
(30)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014− Fiji 1 (5)1t
Correct as of 10 August 2017
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2012 Fiji 2011–12

Ratu Alipate Ratini (born February 17, 1991) in Namosi, Suva is a Fijian rugby union and rugby league footballer. He played wing for Fiji and previously for French Top 14 side Grenoble. He is also a former high school sprint champion with a time of 10.7secs in the 100m.[1] In January 2016, he signed for another Top 14 side, La Rochelle. He signed for Stade Francais at the end of that season.

Career[edit]

Ratini was first discovered by former Flying Fijians head coach Inoke Male who found him playing at a local tournament in Vanua Levu. He joined the Vatukoula rugby team before getting selected to the Fiji under-20 in 2012 and alter joining the Fiji Warriors team. He first made his mark in the local 7's circuit playing for Namosi before getting selected by the Fiji 7's coach, Alifereti Dere. He made his 7's debut for Fiji the 2012 Gold Coast Sevens. He scored 7 tries in that tournament. He was dropped from the Fiji 7's team for the next leg due to injury.[2]

In December 2012, he signed a National Rugby League contract with the Cronulla Sharks who were impressed with him after the Gold coast sevens.[1] He didn't get a chance to play in the 2013 NRL season but played in a few NSW Cup games. He joined Top 14 side Grenoble after not being able to make the sharks starting side. He made his Top 14 debut against Biarritz in September 2013. He scored 2 tries against the Wasps in the Amlin Challenge Cup.[3]

In May 2013, he returned to Fiji to try to win his place back to represent the Fiji 7's team at the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens.

After an impressive outing, he led the try tally for Grenoble in the 2014–15 Top 14 season with 7 tries in 7 starts.

He was named by Fiji coach, John McKee in the national team for the 2014 end-of-year rugby union internationals and would make a poor international debut for Fiji against France but did score his first try.

In July 2015, he was fired by Grenoble because of poor behaviour.[4]

In January 2016, he was signed on by La Rochelle for the remainder of the 2015–16 Top 14 season. In June 2016, he signed a one-year deal with another Top14 side, Stade Francais.[5]

He was dropped by Stade Francais as well after more indiscipline issues and was picked by 3rd division side USA Perpignan.[6]

In August 2017, Perpignan also dropped him after 11 games and 7 tries citing indiscipline.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sharks find their own Fijian flyer". smh.com.au. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Ratini dropped, 7 to debut in Dubai". Archived from the original on 2014-09-07. Retrieved 2014-09-07.
  3. ^ "Wasps see off Grenoble - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk". Retrieved 2014-09-07.
  4. ^ "Grenoble release wing Ratini". Planet Rugby. 13 July 2015. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Stade Français : Un Fidjien a signé ! | Rugby Transferts". rugby-transferts.com (in French). Archived from the original on 2016-06-12. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  6. ^ "Ratini à l'USAP, c'est oui". Lindependant.fr. Retrieved 2017-01-11.
  7. ^ "TRANSFERTS - Alipate Ratini quitte Perpignan". Rugbyrama. 8 September 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-10.

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