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Tuqiri: Watch Suliasi Fly

Tuqiri: Watch Suliasi Fly
Lote Tuqiri
September 24
14:03 2017

Former dual international Lote Tuqiri has backed his fellow countryman Suliasi Vunivalu to star at this year’s Rugby League World Cup.

Vunivalu who has become the first player to score 42 tries in his first two seasons in the National Rugby League’s (NRL) in its 102 years of running.

Tuqiri, who captained the Vodafone Fiji Bati team to its first Rugby League World Cup in 2000, says Vunivalu is destined to fly the Fijian flag at the perennial of the code.

“Vunivalu might be playing the grand final this year,” he said.

“He is having an unbelievable year and he is flying the Fiji flag playing for the Storm and I am sure that he will continue this form into the RLWC.”

Tuqiri who has played 80 Tests in rugby  and league for the Australian Wallabies (67), the Kangaroos (9) and the Fiji Bati (4) has been full of praise for the Bua flyer who continues to defy physics in his way to finding the try line.

Tuqiri is currently in the country with the Australian Classics side and featured for the first time at the ANZ Stadium, Suva yesterday. They took on Waisale Serevi and his Fijian Legends side which boasts the likes of Filimoni Delasau, Viliame Satala, Sireli Bobo, Sireli Naqelevuki and the ‘smiling assassin’ of Fijian 7s Aporosa Daunivucu.

Meanwhile, Tuqiri also has high hopes for the Fiji Bati side will well in the RLWC especially with players such as Jarryd Hayne, Kane Evans, Apisai Koroisau and the Sims Brothers of Ashton, Tariq and Korbin leading from the front.

The last two Fijians who took the RLWC by storm was Akuila Uate and Jarryd Hayne in 2008 where the national side bowed out of the competition in the semi-final against the Kangaroos.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua




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