The nephew of the legendary Crusaders and Fijian winger of the same name, Marika Vunibaka initially burst through the local Fijian ranks as a hard-running blindside flank, going on to represent his country at World Rugby U20 Championship of 2013. Having donned the number six jersey against New Zealand to critical acclaim, Marika’s searing raw pace saw him duly shifted to the wing when moving to France a few months later. At just 20 years of age, Vunibaka made his senior professional debut for Pau in Pro D2 and seamlessly alternated between left and right wing. With ten tries in 17 appearances, Marika’s was a name on everyone’s lips, not just due to his size, but also a counter-attacking ability that led many an opposing kicker to second guess their territorial strategy.
Always willing to embrace a fresh challenge, Vunibaka enjoyed a spell at Colombiers, but it was at Rodez that he once again showed off his enviable versatility. As powerfully built as any tight forward, he started many a Fédérale 1 fixture as either a destructive second rower, or elusive No. 8 with a strong fend. Returning to Pro D2 with Rouen, he once again took up the mantle of an outside back who draws numerous defenders whenever he has ball in hand. Currently with Niort, his barnstorming carries have been superbly effective as a direct inside centre.
DOB: 12 May 1994
Position: Wing, Centre
Current Team: Niort RC
2020 - 2021
Niort RC (Fédérale 1)
2019 - 2020
Rouen Normandie (Pro D2, Fédérale 1)
2017 - 2019
Stade Rodez Aveyron (Fédérale 1)
2016 - 2017
US Colomiers (Pro D2)
2014 - 2016
Pau (Top 14, Pro D2, European Challenge Cup)