PLYMOUTH ALBION NEW SIGNING RETURNS TO WESTCOUNTRY
Javiah Pohe’s love of rugby has taken him around the world. He was born in New Zealand and started playing Rugby League at the age of eight. Javiah then moved to Cornwall with his family at the age of 14, where he switched to Rugby Union and played for his local Cornish teams, later moving on to gain more experience from other English clubs, including appearances for the national youth side – and in France.
“In New Zealand I wanted to play rugby, as any young Kiwi does. My parents encouraged me and I ended up loving the sport,” says Javiah. “We moved to Cornwall when I was a teenager and I started playing for Penzance Pirates, then moved to Redruth. My experience paid off and I signed for Leicester Academy and played for the first team. I also gained valuable experience with the time I spent at Nottingham and during the two seasons I completed at Carcassonne in France, playing in their equivalent of their Championship.
“The experience in France was really good. It’s a different kind of rugby and it changes according to which team you play for. It was an enjoyable experience and I learnt a lot. It’s not just about playing in different countries, it’s more about picking up different things wherever you decide go and play your rugby.”
Javiah plays inside centre and has been relatively injury free throughout his career. “Every season you get one or two niggles, but nothing serious,” he says. He’s looking forward to moving to Plymouth with his partner and two-year-old son and joining Albion.
“I want to contribute in any way possible,” he says. “I’d love it if we could get promoted back into the Championship. It’s something I’m excited about. It’s a great opportunity.”