Chris Kuridrani

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Chris Kuridrani
Chris Kuridrani 2014 Brisbane.jpg
Full name Kirisi Nasiganiyavi
Date of birth (1991-12-12) 12 December 1991 (age 26) [1]
Place of birth Brisbane, Australia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) [1]
Weight 99 kg (15 st 8 lb) [1]
School Ipswich Grammar School
Marsden State High School
Notable relative(s) Nemani Nadolo (brother)
Tevita Kuridrani (cousin)
Rugby union career
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014− Brisbane City 24 (45)
Correct as of 3 November 2015
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014– Queensland Reds 14 (10)
Current local club GPS Old Boys
Correct as of 21 July 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011
2010
Australia U20
Fiji U20
2
4
(5)1t
(5)1t

Chris Kuridrani (born 12 December 1991), formerly Chris Nasiganiyavi, is an Australian rugby union player of Fijian descent. His usual position is wing. He signed on to play for the Queensland Reds in 2014.

Family and early life[edit]

Kirisi Nasiganiyavi was born in Brisbane, where his father Isei Nasiganiyavi played rugby for Queensland. He is the younger brother of Nemani Nadolo (formerly Ratu Nasiganiyavi before he adopted their mother's maiden name of Nadolo in 2009).[2][3]

During his junior career he was selected for several representative teams, including Queensland Under 16s.[2] He attended Marsden State High School and Ipswich Grammar, and represented Queensland at the Australian Schools Rugby Championships in 2008 and 2009.[4][5]

He is the cousin of Tevita Kuridrani,[6] and in 2011 he adopted the Kuridrani family name.

Rugby career[edit]

In 2010, he played colts rugby for GPS Old Boys and was chosen for the Brisbane Under-19 team later that year.[7] He was selected for the Fiji Under-20 team and played in the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina,[8] and scored a try against New Zealand in the opening pool game.

Chris Kuridrani briefly switched codes at the start of 2011. He played rugby league in the Toyota Cup for the Brisbane Broncos for five rounds before returning to play Premier Rugby with GPS and train with the Queensland Reds squad.[1][9] He was selected as an injury replacement for the Australia Under-20 team at the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship in Italy, and scored a try in the semi final against New Zealand.[10][11]

He was a member of the ARU's National Academy in 2013,[12][13] and participated in the Pacific Rugby Cup, including playing one match for the Brisbane Academy against his brother, Nemani Nadolo, who played for Fiji Warriors.[14]

Reference list[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Chris Kuridrani Broncos U20 Profile". Yahoo Sport NZ. 2011. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Sanday raises a profile". Fiji Times. 24 July 2008. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Proszenko, Adrian (15 November 2009). "Nadolo no longer a tongue-twisting hulk - now he's just huge". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Queensland Schoolboys Teams 2008". QRFSU. Australian Rugby Union. 19 July 2008. Archived from the original on 18 July 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Queensland Schoolboys Teams 2009". QRFSU. Australian Rugby Union. 13 September 2009. Archived from the original on 13 September 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Rasolea, 17, makes her mark". Fiji Sun. News. 18 October 2013. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Brisbane teams for City v Country carnival" (Press release). Queensland Rugby. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "FRU Annual Report 2010" (PDF). Fiji Rugby. 2010. p. 24. Archived from the original (PDF 3.3 MB) on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Tucker, Jim (6 June 2011). "Bloodied Reds are running out of numbers". Courier Mail. News. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "England to face NZ in JWC Final". Planet Rugby. 22 June 2011. Archived from the original on 11 October 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "ARU Annual Report 2011". Australian Rugby Union. 2011. p. 38. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Australia's next generation set to face Reds College XV" (Press release). Australian Rugby Union. 13 April 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Reds announce squad for Super Rugby season opener v Brumbies" (Press release). Queensland Rugby. 14 April 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Nadolo to start for Fiji Warriors". Sydney, Australia: Tawakilagi. 7 March 2013. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013.