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Joeli Vidiri
Joeli
Date of birth 23 November 1973 (age 35)
Place of birth Nausori, Fiji
Height 1.90 m
Weight 100 kg





Joeli Vidiri (born 23 November 1973 in Nausori, navosa, Fiji) is a Fijian rugby union footballer who played for the All Blacks. He plays as a wing. He is 1.90m tall and weighs 100kg.

Vidiri studied at Queen Victoria School (Fiji). He represented Fiji in both 15s and sevens before coming to New Zealand in 1994. He played for Auckland Blues in the Super 12 competition and represented Counties Manukau in the Air New Zealand Cup competition. He only managed to play two tests for the All Blacks before he was diagnosed with kidney illness and placed on dialysis treatment just like his fellow winger Jonah Lomu.

In 71 provincial appearances for Counties Manukau, Vidiri scored 56 tries. He also had a song named after him. He continued playing for the Auckland Blues in the Super 12 until 2001 and in 61 games scored 43 tries, at the time an individual record. But in his latter season he was increasingly affected by his illness. He had only five Super 12 matches in 2001 and after two early matches with Auckland in the NPC he ended his career, a sad finale for one of the game's finest entertainers.

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