Old Glory DC is pleased to announce the return of Api Naikatini to DC for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. Api appeared in 14 matches during the 2021 season, clocking 833 minutes of playing time. Api carried for 424 meters over 104 ball carries, had 84 successful tackles, and arrived at 173 rucks.
“I thank God for allowing me to still play this amazing sport,” said Naikatini on continuing with DC for 2022. “I am honored and blessed to be back for another season with DC and to be representing the DMV area that has a rich history of rugby here in the United States.”
“We saw at the end of last season how valuable Api is to this side,” said Head Coach Andrew Douglas. “His experience and defensive qualities demand respect in this league. He’s an important ingredient to the Old Glory future, and it’s great to see the loyalty to the OG family. We’re proud to have him back.”
From Sigatoka, Fiji, the experienced lock and flanker has a lengthy resume in the highest levels of professional rugby worldwide. He joined the New Zealand provincial side Wellington for the 2007 Air New Zealand Cup. In 2009, Naikatini took his skills to the Hurricanes, making his Super Rugby Debut. Following his stint in Super Rugby, Naikatini enjoyed his international debut for Fiji during the 2012 IRB Pacific National Cup.
In the Spring of 2019, Naikatini signed with Major League Rugby’s Seattle Seawolves, where he was a part of the 2019 Championship side. The following summer, Naikatini spent the summer playing second row with Waikato Rugby Union in New Zealand before signing with DC. Join us in welcoming back Api to the DC squad for 2022!
Follow Api’s journey with Old Glory next season. 2022 season tickets are available for purchase now at https://ogdc.oldglorydc.com/og-tickets