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Jale Vatabua to exit Pau after 12 years - report

By Ian Cameron
Pau's Fijian centre Jale Vatubua reacts during the French Top14 rugby union match between Union Sportive Oyonnax Rugby and Section Paloise (Pau) at Charles-Mathon Stadium in Oyonnax, western France, on December 29, 2023. (Photo by ARNAUD FINISTRE / AFP) (Photo by ARNAUD FINISTRE/AFP via Getty Images)

Fiji international Jale Vatabua is reported to be leaving Pau after 12 seasons at the Top 14 side.

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According to France Bleau, the 32-year-old is set to sign for Dax in the ProD2. Although the giant centre has not yet officially signed for the club, general director of the Dax Adrien Asteggiano has announced the signing.

Dax, who were only recently promoted into the ProD2 but currently sit in 5th spot; are also set to sign second row Dino Casadeï from Mont de Marsan.

The centre and has been a key player for Fiji since his international debut in 2017. His club career has primarily unfolded in France, where he has competed exclusive for Pau in the Top 14 league since 2012. Vatabua initially signed with Pau in 2012 from the Australia Super Rugby side the Melbourne Rebels, haveing previously enjoyed a stint with Waikato

Vatabua has represented Fiji at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The 6’2, 112kg centre is known for his hard running line and physicality.

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William 4 hours ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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