Robert Valetini
Position Back Row
Date of birth 3 September 1998
Height 193cm
Weight 113kg

Biography

Born and bred in Australia, but with a deep Fijian heritage, Rob Valetini has had ‘future Wallaby’ written all over him since he emerged as an aged representative in his home state of Victoria. Valetini was educated at Melbourne’s Westall Secondary College, representing Victoria at U16, U18 and U20 levels. In 2016, he missed the Australian schools trials with a broken right fibula and as a result was not considered for selection in the side that toured to New Zealand. Valetini made up for the lost opportunity when he became just the second schoolboy to play in the National Rugby Championship and then just the second forward, after Luke Jones, to sign a full Super Rugby contract while still at high school. Valetini had a very successful 2017 when selected in the Australian U20s for the Junior World Cup in Georgia before he joined the Brumbies’ Extended Playing Squad. Unfortunately luck deserted Valetini in 2018 when his Super Rugby debut, against the Sunwolves, lasted just 20 minutes after he suffered a grade three medial collateral ligament tear in his left knee. He suffered the exact same injury three months later against the Lions in Johannesburg, forcing him to withdraw from the Junior Wallabies side for the U20s World Cup in France. However, there was a silver lining to a near forgettable year when Valetini’s devastating NRC form earned him a spot as a development player on the Wallabies end-of-season Spring Tour.

HIGHLIGHTS

2017

Selected in Australian U20s squad for Junior World Championships in Georgia.

2018

Selected as a development player in the Wallabies' Spring Tour squad.

 

The Rugby Championship 2020 season