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Rugby World Cup: Marika Koroibete In Profile

Australia will be hoping wing sensation Marika Koroibete can provide the experience,as well as the explosive pace, to give the Wallabies a chance of 2023 World Cup glory.

Marika Koroibete Profile

NameRatu Marika Koroibete
NationAustralia
Place of birthNaraiyawa, Fiji
Age31
ClubSaitama Wild Knights
PositionWing
Height5ft 11in
Weight96kgs
International caps55
International points85

Who is Marika Koroibete?

Marika Koroibete is an international winger for Australia, who swapped from the 13 to 15-man code having previously been capped by Fiji in rugby league.

Where is Marika Koroibete from?

Koroibete was born on 26th July, 1992 in Naraiyawa, Fiji and brought up on a remote farm.

What club does Marika Koroibete play for?

Koroibete plays in Japan for the Saitama Wild Knights who he has helped to the championship in each of the last two seasons.

Before that he spent four years playing NRL for the Wests Tigers and Melbourne Storm before turning to union in 2017, first with the Rebels and then Melbourne Rising.

What position does Marika Koroibete play?

Koroibete is a powerful, ball-running winger. When he was a child he considered majoring in sprinting rather than rugby so fast was he, but having bulked up and maintained his electrifying pace he now boasts the perfect assets to be a world-class winger.

David Rennie, the Wallabies' head coach before Eddie Jones took the reins in January, said of Koroibete: "If we kick a ball, he is at full pace chasing, he is concrete when he hits, his work ethic is phenomenal, I haven't seen another winger like it. You have a look at his numbers, they're outrageous."

What is Marika Koroibete's style of play?

He is an explosive ball carrier who prefers straight lines to sidesteps, and will basically bulldoze through anyone in his path.

He tackles as hard as he runs which makes him a huge defensive asset, as well.

Marika Koroibete scoring a try for Australia against South Africa in the Rugby Championship in August 2022.

What does Marika Koroibete do outside of rugby?

A humble man and a very quiet man you won't see Koroibete's face plastered all over magazine covers – or not by his choice anyway.

He's a dad of four sons whose time away from rugby is spent entertaining them.

Has Marika Koroibete played at the World Cup?

One of the most noticeable aspects of Jones' squad summoned to take part in the World Cup in France, is quite how inexperienced it is.

Just eight of Jones' 33-man squad have played at a World Cup before and Koroibete is one of them.

The 5ft 11in flier played in three of the Aussies' four pool games at the 2019 World Cup, scoring two tries, the first against the country of his birth, Fiji.

Then in the quarter-finals the Wallabies were humiliated by England, losing 40-16, though Koroibete was exempt from criticism. He also scored his country's lone try.

Australia World Cup odds

Outrights:

  • To win Outright - 10/1
  • Enhanced Win Only - 11/1
  • To win without New Zealand - 7/1
  • To Reach The Final - 10/3
  • To Reach The Semi-Final - 4/7
  • To Reach The Quarter-Final - 1/25
  • To Win Pool C - 4/11

Stage of Elimination:

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