Waratahs have confirmed the signing of rugby league convert Tevita Funa ahead of the 2022 season of Super Rugby Pacific.
Born in Sydney, Funa made his debut in Rugby League for Manly Sea Eagles in round 5 of the 2020 NRL season against the Brisbane Broncos and has now made a transition to the 15-man game.
The 23-year-old has inked a one-year contract with Waratahs.
“I’m really excited about the challenge of changing codes and the chance for a fresh start. I played rugby when I was younger so am hoping that will help me with the adjustment,” Funa told the club's official website.
“The Waratahs are one of the most iconic teams in rugby and I’m thankful for the opportunity they have given me.
“I’d love to chance my arm at fullback, but equally am happy to play on the wing or in the centres, I just love to get the ball in hand.”
Waratahs head coach Darren Coleman is excited to secure the services of Funa as they aim to bolster their outside backs options.
“First and foremost, he ticked all the boxes from the character checks that we did on him. Tevita’s a very dedicated and focused player which is really important,” Coleman said.
“As a player he’s a good all-round package, he’s a big body, tall and good in the air, good speed and great footwork.
“He’s got a rugby background which should take him less time to adapt and coming out of a good program at Manly we know he’ll fit in as a professional.”