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Naqelevuki Tells Why He Formed Club

Naqelevuki Tells Why He Formed Club
fijisun.com.fj
April 27
14:36 2016

 

Former national rugby sevens star Sireli Naqelevuki is proud of his Niuboto Brother Uro Kadavu team that played in the two-day Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament.

The 35-year-old Kadavu native, who went on to play for South African franchise club Stormers in the Super Rugby competition, said he had formed the team three weeks ago.

“It was in time for the Marist 7s and a chance for these players to get the much-needed exposure,” he said.

“Most of these players are from the island that I am from and I wanted to put this team together to give back something that will help them develop.

“We have not set any goals coming into this tournament. I wanted to help the boys in the village and see if they could be spotted by anyone and possibly get a contract overseas because rugby is all we know.”

Naqelevuki also thanked the organisers of the tournament for providing a platform where small teams can get recognised.

“This tournament has been well organised and I thank the organisers for putting on such a tournament because not only do teams from all over the country compete in a sport that we all love but it gives small teams a chance to get recognised,” he said.

Niuboto won all their pool matches, beating Senibua 12-5, Covenant Brothers Red 17-5 and upsetting Police Whites 12-5. They went on to beat QVSOB in the first elimination.

Naqelevuki also played for the national 15s team as outside centre and ended his professional career with the Exeter Chief in the English Premier League.

Naqelevuki is the son of one of the best fullbacks the country has produced, the late Samu Naqelevuki who represented Suva and Fiji from 1967 to 1972.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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