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Viliame Kikau

Viliame “Billy” Kikau (born 5 April 1995) is a Fijian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a second-row forward for the Penrith Panthers in the NRL, and Fiji at international level.

Fiji international rugby league footballer
Billy Kikau
Personal information
Full name Viliame Gucake Kikau
Born (1995-04-05) 5 April 1995 (age 26)
Nausori, Fiji
Height 195 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 119 kg (18 st 10 lb)
Playing information
Position Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2017–22 Penrith Panthers 98 29 0 0 116
2023 Canterbury Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 0
Total 98 29 0 0 116
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2015– Fiji 11 8 0 0 32
2019– Fiji 9s 3 0 0 0 0
As of 3 Oct 2021
Source: [1][2]

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Kikau was born in Nausori, Fiji, and grew up in the small island of Bau.[3]

Kikau played rugby union in his youth and later earned placements at Queen Victoria School and Marist Brothers High School in Suva, where he played for their rugby union team and represented the Fiji Secondary Schools side against the Australian Schoolboys.[4] In 2013, Kikau who never played rugby league was scouted by North Queensland recruiter Adrian Thomson in a schoolboy match and was one of three Fijian players who spent six weeks in Townsville.[5][6]

Kikau was the only player to sign with the club and joined their Holden Cup team for the 2014 season. At the time Kikau was also being scouted by a number of French rugby union clubs[7]

In 2014, Kikau’s first season of rugby league, he played 21 games for North Queensland’s Holden Cup team, scoring 11 tries. A centre in his rugby union days, Kikau switched to prop after joining North Queensland.

In 2015, Kikau played in a pre-season trial game with North Queensland’s first grade team. He scored a try in the sides 24–12 victory over the Townsville Blackhawks.[8]

On 2 May 2015, Kikau made his international debut for Fiji against Papua New Guinea in the Melanesian Cup match, playing off the interchange bench in the 22–10 win at Robina Stadium.[9][10] On June 10, 2015, Kikau signed a two-year contract with the Penrith Panthers.[11][12] On 14 September 2015, Kikau was named at prop in the 2015 NYC Team of the Year, finishing his Holden Cup career with the North Queensland club with 32 tries from 42 matches.[13]

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