The rise of Ratu
A year ago, Ratu Naulago was relatively unknown.
After catching Lee Radford’s eye while playing rugby union sevens in 2018, he was invited down to train with Hull FC for the winter.
He impressed in a number of pre-season outings and after scoring a hat-trick against Wakefield Trinity reserves at Bishop Burton he was handed a one-year deal by the club.
Fast forward 12 months and he is approaching his second season as a rugby league player, having lit up the Super League in his first attempt as a professional.
Twenty-three appearances in the first team yielded 15 tries for the Black and Whites, enough to ensure he finished his first season in rugby league as the club’s top try scorer as he exceeded everyone’s expectations, including his own.
“I never thought I was going to be playing in the Super League,” he told Hull Live. “For the first season I thought I was going to be just playing for the reserves but I got the call and I just did what I did.
“No one was expecting me to be well-known, but I’m thankful to all the staff and the coaching staff for looking after me and also to the experienced players in the team for giving me advice about what to do on the field.”