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Yes We Can: Natava

Yes We Can: Natava
From left: Unaisi Vikumui, Livai Natava, Losalini Ranuku, Anare Varo and Avenai Rasese at Nadi International Airport on September 24, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
September 25
11:06 2017

Fijian Schoolboys Under-18 rugby prop Livai Natava is confident of a good outing in the Tri-Nations competition in Australia.

The Moala native from Nadi was a member of the Anuilagi Marialolo captained- Fijian U18 side that flew out of the country yesterday.

“This is my second time to be part of the tour and this is a great opportunity for us,” the Queen Victoria School student said.

“It’s a crucial set-up and we hope to do a grand job there as we’ll face teams like Australia and New Zealand. So far we have faith in ourselves and are confident of a good performance.”

Natava is the grandson of former Flying Fijians legendary flanker Ilami Lutumailagi.

Namotomoto native Anare Varo, said it’s their aim as a team to give their all and try to beat the giants of rugby. Varo is the cousin of former Flying Fijians flanker Kitione Salawa.

Fijian U18 manager Jiutasa Moceisua said their preparation has been going well.

“I think we’ve achieved the fitness level that is required and that also includes mental, physical and spiritual fitness. We’ll be travelling with a chaplain and that is why preparation has been going well.”

He said the side have been boosted with the performance of the Fiji Airways Drua side during the Australia National Rugby Championship.

“Last Tuesday we had a match with the Fiji under-20 and we managed to score three tries while they only scored one which is a great outcome so far.”

Moceisua said they would be going in as underdogs against New Zealand and Australia. He confirmed that 30 players and eight officials are part of the tour.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua



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