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Naqaliva hopes for the best

December 21
09:26 2012

Apisai Naqaliva

By SITERI NAVUTOVUTO

Apisai Naqaliva started his rugby career back at Muaira District School in Naitasiri.
This was when he featured for the Naitasiri Rugby Under-9 Kaji side in the primary schools Kaji competition.
And his love for rugby has now taken him far now reaching its highest peak in local, provincial rugby.
The utility, backline player featured for Suva in the Digicel Cup and the Farebrother- Sullivan Trophy competition which saw them victorious this season after clinching the silverware from holders Nadroga.
It hasn’t been an easy ride for the 22-year- old from Botenaulu, Wainimala Naitasiri as he tries his best to reach the highest level in his rugby career.
He was one of those identified by secondary school teacher Wame Naivalu during the Matainasau 7s in 2009.
This was when he was asked if he was interested in joining the John Wesley College rugby academy.
Naqaliva said when he was approached by Naivalu, he never declined and accepted it believing this was his chance of showing his hidden talents.
His first year at JWC was one of his memorable moments in his secondary school days as they were the first team to take the school to the main Deans Trophy quarter finals where they lost to Ratu Kadavulevu School 10- 11 at the ANZ Stadium in 2010.
From JWC, he joined his own provincial team, Naitasiri U20 before being drafted to the senior side.
He then moved on to the Suva side after being drafted to join the Fiji Police Force last year.
Back home in Botenaulu, his family are proud of his achievement as he is the first from the village, which lies in the interior of Naitasiri, to excel in rugby.
However, he believes he still has a long way to go.
“All I am longing for now is to earn an overseas contract,” said Naqaliva.
“I believe this is not the end of my rugby career and I still have a long way to go.
“I am trying my best to achieve the highest level of my rugby career and I have faith that I can achieve this in the near future.
“Without the support of a few people, I wouldn’t have reached this far.
“This is the good Lord who is the source of every blessing, my parents who always support me from the village,  Naivalu, Rev. Joji Rinakama,  Taniela Savou and other rugby players who I have been playing with during these past years.
Naqaliva said he also hopes to make the cut into the national side and he is ready to prove himself if given a chance by the national selectors.

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