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Sanday in the mix

May 06
12:00 2010

Written By : MACIU MALO.

Former Queensland Schoolboy rep Kirwan Sanday is proud to continue where his uncle John Sanday left off.
While uncle John played as lock forward for Suva and Fiji at the 1987 Rugby World Cup, Kirwan played prop for Brothers Rugby Club in Brisbane.
The Sawakasa native from Tailevu has been enlisted in the Fiji Under 20 team to participate at the upcoming Junior World Championship in Argentina next month.
Sanday was born in Australia but representing his motherland has been his childhood dream and after years of sacrifice and commitment he finally fulfilled his goal being one of the chosen ones to fly the Fiji flag at the world meet.
Sanday said the moment he has been dreaming of has finally arrived and the onus was on him to give his outmost best for his country and family.
“Like all other national reps, being in the Fiji team is an honour for me and I thank Fiji Rugby and the selectors for having faith on me,” he said.
“Even though I was born in Australia but Fiji is still special to me.
“Most of my relatives are in here in Fiji and I wanted to come back and represent Fiji.
“Also I’m grateful to have continued from where my uncle John Sanday left off in rugby.”
After spending more than one week with the team and gelling with the local players, Sanday said he was happy with commitment shown by the players on and off the field.
He said his team has what it takes to match up the rest of the teams at the JWC.
“We have a strong team, good backline and good forwards,” he said.
“Our coaches are very technical and definitely we will do well at the world cup.
“I have faith in our players and the commitment shown by the boys signal positive signs for the future,” he added.
Fiji is pooled with New Zealand, Wales and Samoa and the game will bee held next month where the side will meet Kiwis in their first game on June 5.

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