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Ben Keen For No. 10

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Ben Volavola (left) with his girlfriend Jacqueline Wieser.
July 03
07:51 2015

First five eighth Ben Volavola is looking forward to join the Vodafone Flying Fijians extended squad in camp at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay.

Vodafone Flying Fijians coach John McKee confirmed yesterday that the 24-year-old will be in contention for the No. 10 spot against the Maori All Blacks at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on July 11.

If picked, Volavola will have the privilege of filling the big shoes left by former pivot Nicky Little.

“I’m very excited to have the chance of representing my home country in the No. 10, ” Volavola said.

“I realise I have a lot of hard work before making that a reality for myself, considering there are also a few quality players aspiring to place themselves in that position.

“I enjoyed watching Nicky play and represent Fiji in a few Rugby World Cup when I was a kid. And I believe he will always be remembered as one of the best No. 10 Fiji has ever produced.”

Volavola said working with the players and bonding with them is something he is excited about.

“I’m definitely looking forward to meeting the boys in the squad and getting to know everyone,” he said.

“It’s a great opportunity for me and I am blessed to be able to train with a talented group, definitely looking forward to it.”

Volavola was in the country in his last visit for Christmas and New Years Day in 2013.

He said his parents Dinesh Shankar and Ema Volavola have been supportive.

“My family is very excited (about me being a part of the Flying Fijians extended squad),” he said.

“They always have been and I’m blessed to have such a supportive family that has been there for me in any way they can and pray for me relentlessly.”

Volavola was born in Sydney, Australia, and came back to Fiji when he was a baby where he lived until he was eight years old.

He attended Veiuto Primary School where he first learnt how to play rugby, but moved back to Sydney in 2000 with his mum and younger brother Milan before he could start High School.

Currently, Volavola has signed for the Crusaders in the 2016 Super Rugby Season to replace number 10 exodus Daniel Carter, Colin Slade and Tom Taylor who are moving to play rugby in Europe.

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

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