It took just two touches for debutant Hurricanes wing Salesi Rayasi to score his first Super Rugby try, scoring from close range against the Chiefs to cap a full-circle journey for the local Wellingtonian.
Rayasi’s days at St Pat’s Silverstream saw the dynamic finisher blazing tries on the end of the backline for the 1st XV back in 2014. After giving up rugby to chase a basketball career after school, Rayasi’s second shot with Auckland in last year’s Mitre 10 Cup earned a Super Rugby contract with his hometown franchise Hurricanes.
While his professional career is now just beginning, his younger brother Fritz Rayasi is chasing his footsteps in a case of Déjà vu. The younger brother donned his old jersey for the same 1st XV and went on to perform similar feats with impressive finishing and offloading skills before picking up interest from Bay of Plenty, where he joined the Chiefs-aligned union.
With New Zealand having a track record of having multiple sets of brothers playing professionally, don’t be surprised to see the two square off one day.
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