10 January, 2018. We labeled the relatively unknown Hosea Saumaki, as ‘Japan’s next superstar nobody knows about’ in November last year and predicted that would change in the near future.
That prediction is starting to come into fruition – Saumaki will have the chance to make a name for himself in Super Rugby after being added to the Sunwolves 2018 squad today, in addition to centre Will Tupou and scrumhalf Yutaka Nagare.
With the Sunwolves now competing in the Australian conference, Saumaki’s chances of having a boom rookie season are increased. We have no doubt that Saumaki’s attacking power will surprise a few wingers, despite some concerns about his defensive abilities.
Nicknamed ‘The Tongan Godzilla’, Saumaki has been coming through their system for a number of years and has been destroying his opposition in the Japanese Top League.
The gigantic winger is in the similar mould to other iconic left wingers like Lomu, Nadolo, and Savea.