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Family hosts Campese

May 30
12:00 2010

Written By : SITERI SAUVAKACOLO. An emotional Campese Ma’afu couldn’t hold back his tears as he was accorded a warm, traditional family welcome by his maternal family links in Suva on Saturday
The 25 years old West Harbour Pirates Club, Sydney prop hailed his mother’s family as his heroes and a place in the Flying Fijians squad is an achievement his family will be proud of.
The Kolovau, Tonga native is a member of the Flying Fijians squad to meet the Wallabies on Saturday in Canberra battling against elder brother Salesi Ma’afu who is also a prop.
His mother Bulou Adi Kauata Arieta Nacagilevu Ma’afu is originally from Tavuki, Kadavu married to former Tonga national rep George Ma’afu.
In an emotional moment with the Nacagilevu family, young Ma’afu related how he was touched to be hosted to such an important family dinner where his first cousins, most of whom had for the first time met young Ma’afu at Oneata St, Suva for the function.
“I will never forget this day,” he said.
“There are always special moments in our families and this is one to remain in my heart giving me the courage to play my heart out for the great support rallied behind me.
“I am proud and honoured to be part of a big, happy family and represent mother’s family now being a Flying Fijian.
Proud aunt Sala Naceba said the occasion is one of the proud moments for the family as they had a chance to greet their son and cousin now ready to carry the national rugby flag high.
“We prepared a traditional welcome (vakamamaca) to welcome him home as this is the first time for many of us to see Campese,” she proudly said.
“We are indeed proud of him having to come over and represent Fiji in 15s rugby. “This is a proud moment for the Nacagilevu family and we are ready to support Campese in his quest to represent Fiji in his rugby career.”
When asked on a place in the Flying Fijians squad for next year’s rugby world cup, Campese said he is ready to do Fiji proud and carry on the family rugby legacy.
“Rugby runs in the blood and we are proud as brothers to represent our countries. Eldest brother Salesi plays for the Wallabies while Campese is now a Flying Fijian with younger brother Apakuki Ma’afu playing for Tonga.
Ma’afu added that if there is a proud person watching his achievement in the Flying Fijians squad, it would be his late grandfather Ratu Alipate Maleka Soso Nacagilevu.
“Grandpa has always wanted this all along; that I would represent Fiji one day. “Before passing away in 2006, I had assured him that I will and I am ready to join the Flying Fijians.
“I am finally here in the squad all geared up to do my best being a proud Flying Fijian.”

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