24 August 2021

On the field, Fijian born Wallaby winger Marika Koroibete is one of the fastest players in world rugby

Off the field, he moves just as fast to keep up with his three boys ranging in ages from six to newborn Immanuel.

A dual international, Marika has played for the Fiji National Rugby League team and is now a proud member of the Wallabies as they look to again climb to the top of the rugby union world.

Marika’s career started in rugby league almost a decade ago with the Wests Tigers, before he was snapped up by Craig Bellamy and the Melbourne Storm juggernaut in the NRL mid-season in 2014.

Marika finished the 2015 season as the Storm’s top try scorer before eventually switching codes after 58 games for the Storm, including 34 tries and seven Tests for Fiji.

Joining the Melbourne Rebels, Marika qualified for the Wallabies under the residency rule. He has continued his try scoring feats in rugby with his strength and blistering speed delivering more than 20 tries for the Rebels and almost the same for the Wallabies as he nears the 40 Test mark.

 

However, his boys keep him on his toes as much as any fleet-footed wing rival.

“We love going to the park, kicking the ball around and playing a bit of one-on-one rugby,” Marika says of his boys. “I love watching them grow up and the lots of the funny conversations.”

The kids love sport, my older son Iliesa plays under 7’s for the Footscray Bulldogs and whenever I'm around I always go to his training day and game day. I always enjoy watching him play.

Marika

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