Sadrugu, known for his strong presence on the field, was promoted to the Cowboys Top 30 this season after his impressive performance at the Rugby League World Cup. He was also on a development contract with the same team.
Patrice Collazo, Brive’s coach, announced Sadrugu’s recruitment, ahead of their season’s opening game on the 19th of August (AEST). Collazo revealed that they succeeded in landing the dual-code international Fijian despite multiple attractive offers from the NRL.
North Queensland’s football manager, Micheal Luck, has said the transfer is still in process.
Throughout this season, Sadrugu blossomed into an incredibly effective player for the Blackhawks in the Queensland Cup, racking up seven tries and breaking 37 tackles in 12 games.
Christian Quabba, the team’s interim coach, expressed the collective sorrow at seeing Sadrugu leave.
Quoting Quabba, “Taniela possesses a unique skillset, capable of executing moves on the field quite unlike anyone else. I am thrilled for him and wish him every success.”
Quabba continues, “Taniela was a beloved member of the team, his work ethic and professionalism are exemplary. The team will greatly miss his contributions and his idiosyncratic humour.”
Sadrugu will be absent from this weekend’s game to prepare for his transition to French rugby.