Counties pay tribute to Joeli Vidiri

Rod Ketels (left, Counties coach when Joeli arrived inNZ in 1994) presented Counties stalwart, Joeli Vidiri,with a special Steelers’ jersey at Sunday’s game. To theright is Counties development manager Phil KingsleyJones.

Rod Ketels (left, Counties coach when Joeli arrived inNZ in 1994) presented Counties stalwart, Joeli Vidiri,with a special Steelers’ jersey at Sunday’s game. To theright is Counties development manager Phil KingsleyJones.

Counties stalwart Joeli Vidiri, who this year under went a kidney transplant, was awarded a Steelers’ memorabilia jersey for his valued contribution to rugby.
Joeli played 96 games for Counties, 61 for the Blues and two for the ABs, seven for Fiji and scored 110 tries in his career (56 for Counties). He won the national sevens, two Super 12 titles, Commonwealth Games gold medal and was Blues’ player of the year in 1996. He retired from rugby in 2001 suffering from kidney problems and has been receiving dialysis until late May this year, when he had a kidney transplant. In the intervening years Vidiri has coached a number of teams for his Pukekohe club.

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