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Welcome to Collingwood: Atu Bosenavulagi

Draft Highlights: Atu Bosenavulagi Watch the best of Atu Bosenavulagi's junior career after he joined Collingwood via the 77th selection in the 2018 National Draft.

Selection No. 77 – Atu Bosenavulagi

Position: Midfield / forward
Height: 180cm
Weight: 81kg
Age: 18
Recruited from: Oakleigh U18

The rugby union convert's form has built across the season and he has taken the eye of club scouts with his pace, hardness and tackling in the TAC Cup, making him a late draft or rookie chance. Collingwood has access to the Fijian-born prospect through its Next Generation Academy.

2018 TAC Cup statistics
Club: Oakleigh U18
Games: 18
Average Disposals: 14.8
Average Marks: 2.8
Average Inside 50s: 2.2
Average Tackles: 4.5

Bosenavulagi celebrates a goal for Oakleigh during the 2018 TAC Cup Grand Final.

Did you know? 

  • The Next Generation Academy product kicked nine goals in his last four TAC Cup matches of the 2018 season, including Oakleigh’s Grand Final loss to Dandenong
  • Collingwood Cheer Squad legend Joffa Corfe has a long-standing connection to Bosenavulagi’s family. “He’s definitely a second grandpa to me,” Bosenavulagi told Channel Seven during draft week
  • Bosenavulagi grew up a Western Bulldogs supporter, something he will need to change once he arrives at the Holden Centre
  • He represented Australia at junior level in rugby seven’s

What they say

“He’s got speed, he’s got terrific tackling ability but his also really clean with his ability to gather the ball. He’s got a tremendous set of hands and a really exciting product with a huge upside,” – Craig Notman
(Oakleigh Chargers Talent Manager), as told to Toby Prime, Leader Newspapers, November 2018

“He applies plenty of pressure in the forward half of the ground, and was outstanding in the TAC Cup Elimination Final — where he had 17 disposals and booted four second-half goals,” – Matt Balmer (Fox Sports journalist), Fox Sports, September 2018

What he says

“They’ve helped me a lot in the last two years with my growth on the field and off the field,” – Atu Bosenavulagi
, Channel Seven, November 2018.