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It’s A Do Or Die: Bukavesi

It’s A Do Or Die: Bukavesi
From left: Pio Seci and Vereti Bukavesi of the Vodafone Fiji Residents during their clean-up campaign at Tikaram Park in Lami on October5,2017. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
October 06
11:05 2017

It’s going to blood, sweat and tears, says Residents coach 

Vereti Bukavesi is adamant of a positive performance against the Overseas Bati in the Vodafone Battle of the Bati clash at 3pm tomorrow at the ANZ Stadium, Suva

The 22- year- old, Nukutocia native from Lovoni, Ovalau will make his debut for the Fijian Residents.

“This is the second year I’m playing rugby league after switching code from rugby union and making my first break to the Fijian Residents side is a huge achievement for me.

“I find rugby league interesting and a good sport compared to rugby union because our individual talents are recognised.And it’s easy to make it into the national team in union there are so many talents,” Bukavesi said.

The Nadi Eels full-back was rated highly by Residents head coach Jo Rabele.

“This youngster has got the speed and the ability to make linebreak, Bukavesi is one player Vodafone Fijian Bati head coach Mick Potter would want to look at this Saturday.

“He’s been very impressive during zonal competition and have been showing consistency in training,” he added.

Rabele will name is starting 13 players today and with only 10 spots available in the Vodafone Fijian Bati squad Rabele said: “It’s a do-or-die situation for the local players, they just can’t wait for Saturday to put up a good  performance.

“It’s all sacrifice, blood, sweat and tearsfrom our local boys,” Rabele added.

Bukavesi said they were ready to give the Overseas Bati a good run for their money.

“We are preparing to win not just to make the numbers.

 Former NRL star Sisa Waqa (left) and James Storer(right) reach out to a sick child at Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Suva on October 5,2017. Photo: Vodafone Fiji

Former NRL star Sisa Waqa (left) and James Storer(right) reach out to a sick child at Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Suva on October 5,2017. Photo: Vodafone Fiji

“This is for our country and we will die for our country, it will not be an easy battle for the experienced overseas Bati side,” he said.

Meanwhile, powerhouse Vodafone Fiji Bati and Penrith Panthers forward Reagan Campbell- Gillard has been called into the Australian Kangaroos squad.

He replaces Andrew Fifita who has opted to play for Tonga at the World Cup.

Gillard’s absence could open the door for London Broncos Junior Roqica, Residents vice-captain Tikiko Noke and Peni Botiki. These players also played in the 2013 RLWC in London.

Also the Overseas Bati side visited sick children admitted at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.

Coach Wes Naiqama said the visit was to put a smile on the kids’ faces as they meet their rugby league heroes.

Tough forward Eloni Vunakece said the visit was an act of Christianity and it brought the players together. Both teams will have their Captain’s run this morning at the ANZ Stadium before the coaches will release this line-up.

The 24-member Vodafone Fiji Bati squad to the Rugby League World Cup will be officially announced on Saturday.  Edited by Leone Cabenatabua




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