Junior Roqica

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Junior Roqica
Junior Roqica London Broncos.jpg
Personal information
Full name Vitale Junior Roqica[1]
Born (1991-02-13) 13 February 1991 (age 27)
Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia[2]
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 17 st 5 lb (110 kg)
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014 Cronulla Sharks 6 0 0 0 0
2017 London Broncos 20 5 0 0 20
Total 26 5 0 0 20
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–17 Fiji 13 1 0 0 4
As of 17 March 2018
Source: [3][4]

Vitale Junior Roqica pronounced (/rkkə/) born 13 February 1991) is a Fijian international rugby league player who plays for the Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League. He plays as a prop or second-row.

Early life

Roqica playing for the Bulldogs

Roqica was born in Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia and is of Fijian descent.[5][2] He played his junior football for the Concord Burwood Wolves and Holy Cross Rhinos, while participating in the Balmain Tigers development program before being signed by the Wests Tigers.

Playing career

Wests Tigers

Roqica played for the Wests Tigers' NYC team from 2008 to 2011.[6]

Canterbury Bulldogs

In 2012, Roqica joined the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

He failed to play a game in the NRL for the Bulldogs, but featured in their NSW Cup side.[7]

Cronulla Sharks

In 2013, Roqica joined the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.

In Round 11 of the 2014 NRL season, Roqica made his NRL début for the Sharks against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.[8]

Whilst contracted to the Sharks, Roqica spent most of playing time on the field for the Newtown Jets, playing in the New South Wales Cup and the rebranded Intrust Super Premiership NSW.[9]

London Broncos

Roqica joined London ahead of the 2017 season.[10]

Representative career

Roqica played for the New South Wales Catholic Colleges team when he was 17.[11]

In 2009, Roqica played for the Australian schoolboys.[12]

In 2013, Roqica was named in the Fiji squad for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. He made his international début against Ireland.[13] He scored the decisive try in Fiji's quarter-final victory over Samoa.

In May 2014, Roqica played for Fiji in the 2014 Pacific Rugby League International.

On 7 May 2016, Roqica played for Fiji against Papua New Guinea in the 2016 Melanesian Cup.[14]

References

  1. ^ "Rugby League World Cup 2013". Rlwc2013.com. 1991-02-13. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Junior Roqica - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. 
  4. ^ loverugbyleague
  5. ^ Kumar, Rashneel (13 October 2008). "Young Roqica, the new name in league". Fiji Times. Archived from the original on 25 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Pritchard Returns for Trip Over Tasman". Bulldogs. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "Updated Team Lists: Round 11". NRL.com. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  9. ^ "Newtown Jets continue to contribute to top-level Rugby League representative ranks". Newtown Jets. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  10. ^ "Broncos sign Cronulla Sharks' Junior Roqica". Zero Tackle. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  11. ^ Chris Karas (23 July 2008). "Sports News". Weekly Times. Archived from the original on 3 April 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "Junior Roqica". weststigers.com.au. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Civoniceva, Wes Naiqama to lead Fiji Bati". Fijilive.com. 2013-09-19. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  14. ^ "PNG stuns Fiji in a thriller". nrl.com. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 

External links

  • London Broncos profile
  • 2014 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks profile
  • NRL profile
  • Player Statistics
  • 2017 RLWC profile
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