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Algar’s Big Moment

Algar’s Big Moment
Sean Marcus Algar during training while HPU attendant Vilisoni Tama looks on at the HPU gym in Suva on November 13, 2017. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
November 14
11:00 2017

At 14 he stands at 6’4 as he joins FRU’s pathway programme

Fourteen-year-old Queen Victoria School (QVS) rugby player Sean Marcus Algar will be relishing his opportunity in learning from the best in the country and achieve his dream to represent Fiji in the future.

Standing at 6ft 4, Algar featured for QVS in this year’s Fiji Secondary School Rugby Union (FSSRU) Coke Zero Deans Under-14 grade competition.

He was identified from there whilst playing at prop and drafted into the Fiji Rugby Union’s development pathway programme to be trained and nurtured in the second row.

“I have never jumped in the line-out and never played lock before so yes it is going to be a good learning experience for me. I am really humbled and blessed to be given this opportunity. It is also very exciting to be learning from some of Fiji’s great rugby players.

“These people have reached the very top in the game of rugby and to be selected for this programme, given the chance in learning from them is something that I am intending to commit myself to,” Algar said.

The lanky QVS student whose father is from England and mother from Vatoa in Lau, said he would be utilising every learning opportunity in equipping himself with every leanings whilst in the pathway programme.

“This is part of my journey and I will be working hard in my training because one day I want to represent Fiji, whether it is in the 15s or 7s or wherever I am needed.”

Former Flying Fijians hooker and Fiji Rugby Union High Performance Unit elite player pathway manager Viliame Gadolo said they had brought him in and would be developing him into the second row position.

“We are lacking in height in terms of players playing in that position and we will be developing him for that as he continues with the programme,” Gadolo said.

He said they had also identified and drafted several other secondary school rugby players who featured in the Deans Trophy competition earlier this year.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua




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