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Ex-Catalans Dragons star Brayden Wiliame makes surprise move

Brayden Wiliame played three seasons at the Catalans Dragons between 2017 and 2019.

In that time, the three-quarter – who operated at centre most often – registered 35 tries in 77 appearances as the Fiji international made himself a cult hero in the south of France, scoring a try in Catalans’ famous Challenge Cup Final win back in 2018.

Wiliame joined the Dragons from the Manly Sea Eagles, where he made 23 appearances and made another six prior to that at the Parramatta Eels.

After leaving Catalans at the end of the 2019 season, the 29-year-old returned to the NRL with the St George Illawarra Dragons, where he accrued another six tries in 17 appearances.

With nine caps earned for Fiji and with the Rugby League World Cup approaching at the end of the 2022 season, it’s therefore surprising that Wiliame has switched codes to join USA Perpignan in rugby union.

Having already played three years of his sporting career in the south of France, it’s likely the 29-year-old will fit right back into the culture.

Having initially played football as a youngster, Wiliame made the move to the oval ball, but he has never tried rugby union – until now.

Though injury cut short his 2020 season with St George, the uncompromising Fijian registered another 12 appearances in 2021 as he became a bright spark in a dismal season for the Aussie club.

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