: Masivesi Dakuwaqa (right) has signed for Canberra Raiders.
: Masivesi Dakuwaqa (right) has signed for Canberra Raiders. Derek Cain

Hayne wants to see 'Shark God' in the NRL

JARRYD Hayne is excited to see what former Fijian rugby sevens Olympic champion Masivesi Dakuwaqa can do in the NRL.

If that isn't enough to get you excited about the 23-year-old, wait to you hear about his nickname in some pockets of Fiji where he is called the "Shark God".

On that nickname alone, the Canberra Raiders' decision to sign Dakuwaqa for the remainder of the 2017 season is a masterstroke.

Dakuwaqa's journey to the NRL is fascinating.

A former teammate of Hayne's, Dakuwaqa was actually selected ahead of the former NFL player in Fiji's final 12-man squad for their Olympic gold-medal-winning campaign.

He's also partly blind in one eye - something that he's had since flicking a rubber band into his left eye when he was very young.

He's had blurry vision in that eye ever since - but he's never let it impact on his football career.

Before his call up to the Fiji sevens team last year, Dakuwaqa had never left his home country. He didn't even have a passport.

In the space of a few months he was travelling the rugby sevens international circuit and eventually won selection to play in the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Now he's setting up camp in Canberra after completing a medical with Raiders officials on Monday.

The Raiders are pretty pumped to have him.

At 100kg and 1.9m tall, Raiders recruitment guru Peter Mulholland says Dakuwaqa could play almost anywhere on the field.

He told the club's website Dakuwaqa played rugby league until switching to rugby as a 17-year-old and has played mostly in the second-row, but he also has the speed to play as a centre or winger.

"Masivesi played league until he was 17 like a lot of Fijian kids do. The game is not strange to him," Mulholland said.

"He's a gold medallist and plays on both sides of the park. He's a big unit and it makes obvious sense to have a look at him and see how he goes.

"His experience has been playing lock and second row as a kid, but he would also be lethal as an outside back. He could end up playing anywhere."

Dakuwaqa said: "I'm very excited to arrive here and I can't wait to start training with the team. There's so many good players here and I'm going to be able to learn a lot off them."

They'll be learning plenty from him too.

In Fijian mythology his last name refers to a Shark God, a revered protector with the ability to morph into a shark, The Fiji Times reports.

It's no wonder former teammate Hayne is so excited to see the star in the NRL.

Dakuwaqa hasn't played for Fiji on the HSBC sevens series since the Vancouver Sevens in March.

He is expected to make his maiden apearance for the club with NSW Cup feeder team Mounties before he can try to force his way into first grade.

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