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Leitch Factor

Leitch Factor
Chiefs flanker , Michael Leitch with his mother Ivamere Leitch upon arrival at Nausori Air-port Lami on May 16, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
May 17
11:30 2017

A special bus has been organised to transport Michael Leitch and Chiefs rugby supporters from Tavua, Vatukoula and Ra to the ANZ Stadium, Suva on Friday.

Speaking to SUNsports last night, Leitch’s mother Ivamere said they have bought tickets for family members in Nasukamai village in Ra and they are going to be in Suva to watch the Super Rugby clash against the Crusaders.

“They are all coming in a special bus as we will pick up our family members from Tavua, Rakiraki and Vatukoula,” she said.

Leitch is the Chiefs No.8 and is the captain of the Japanese national rugby team. Under his leadership they caused the biggest upset at the 2015 Rugby World Cup when they beat the Springboks 34-32 in London.

The New Zealand-born forward would be playing his last game for the Chiefs in front of his family members which he believes would be a special occasion for him.

“It’s very exciting to be playing in front of the home crowd, I did not get the chance to play here last year but this year passing by villages waving the Chiefs flag was exciting.

“My parents live here now and it will be my last game for the Chiefs here in Fiji so hopefully I play well in front of my family,” Leitch said as he will be joining Sunwolves next year.

His parents Ivamere and dad Geoffrey Leitch have left New Zealand and are living in Tavua. The 28-year-old is not intimidated with the fact that he will be up against Crusaders’ Fijian trio Seta Tamanivalu, Manasa Mataele and Jone Macilai, if they are selected on the starting line-up.

“I know they are all excited, Seta he is an ex-Chiefs player, I don’t feel any pressure, I’ve played in Fiji before and I’m looking forward to play in front of my home crowd.  To all my supporters hope you got your tickets ready and see you on game day,” he added.

Mum Ivamere also told SUNsports that watching the Fijian players in action on Friday night would be exciting.

“I’m excited to watch Michael play his first super rugby match here in Fiji it will also be nice to watch all the Fijian boys in action here on their home soil, I can’t wait to watch them,” she added.

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