Former Flying Fijian Naikatini Ready for Seattle Opportunity



The experienced lock and loose forward hybrid looks to raise the bar with Seattle and challenge Major League Rugby opposition in the coming 2019 season.


January 19, 2019

SEATTLE -The Seattle Seawolves are excited to announce the signing of former Super Rugby and Fijian National Team member, Apisai Naikatini.

Hailing from his home country of Fiji, Apisai’s professional rugby career got its start in a different rugby country: New Zealand. He took to Wellington where he played for them from 2006 to 2013, including an ITM Cup final. A Super Rugby opportunity knocked from the Hurricanes in 2009 where he spent a season with the Canes. During the off-seasons for Wellington, Naikatini headed to Japan to suit up with Toyota Verblitz from 2011-2013. In 2012, he got his first call up to the Fijian national team where he then played for the Flying Fijians until 2015, making 18 appearances. After spending the majority of his time in the Southern hemisphere, he switched to Northern hemisphere competition in France with Brive (13-14), Agen (15-16), and Aubenas (16-17). Apisai continues his professional career by coming to the United States and joining the Seattle Seawolves of Major League Rugby.

“I am blessed to be joining this championship caliber team,” said Naikatini. “I plan to do my best to help lift the team’s standard further from where they left off last year.”