Treviranus signs for two more seasons with London IrishBy Alan Manicom
March 28, 2012
London Irish have confirmed that Ofisa Treviranus has signed a new contract and will be staying with the club until 2014.
The 27-year-old Samoa international back-row forward made his Exiles debut in December last year and played three games before going back home for the birth of his son.
He returned to this country earlier this month and came on for the final 20 minutes of Irish’s 41-32 defeat at home to Leicester Tigers last Sunday.
Treviranus, who played in last year’s World Cup, said: “I have really been enjoying my rugby and my time at the club so far.
“I like the style of play and feel that I am making fantastic strides in my development as a player. It’s great to be back.”
London Irish head coach, Toby Booth said: “I have been impressed with the way Ofisa has fitted into the squad and with his performances.
“He brings a hugely physical approach every time he takes the field and is a natural ball winner on the ground.
“We saw against Leicester the physical presence that he is. With Chris Hala’ufia not being available we need that. The way defences are we need to get people who can carry the ball across the gain line and compete hard.
“Because of his sevens background Ofisa has a good engine as well. He is also going to keep repeating that effort in a game.
“He is a good player and it is very exciting to have him on board.
“It was unfortunate that he was away for so long, but he had to put family first. We all understand that.
“He’s probably gone backwards from a physical conditioning point of view from when he first joined us. The challenge is to get him up to speed.
“He is never going to be the greatest lineout forward, but he is going to be one of the best people with the ball in hand and these days it is about having different capabilities in different people.”
Irish will have flying winger Topsy Ojo and loose-head prop Clarke Dermody available on Saturday when they visit Exeter Chiefs bidding to avoid a sixth consecutive Aviva Premiership defeat.
Centres Shontayne Hape (head) and Jonathan Joseph (cheekbone) are still ruled out by injury, but Exiles are hopeful that tight-head prop Faan Rautenbach will recover in time.
Rautenbach was replaced in the first half on Sunday after suffering a neck problem, trying to prevent Julian Salvi scoring the second of Leicester’s four tries.