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Mum Backs Son’s Choice

Mum Backs Son’s Choice
Fiji Airways 7s rep Eroni Sau with Gareth Baber’s son, Steffan and fans as the two celebrates their birthday at the Nadi International Airport on February 5, 2018 . Photo: Waisea Nasokia.
February 06
11:00 2018

Winger Eroni Sau’s mother, Sereana Nai­noka, says his choice to play rugby is now paying dividends.

She made the comment as the Fiji Airways Fi­jian 7s speedstar arrived in Nadi from Hamilton where he helped Fiji lift the New Zealand leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Dubbed as a ‘Sledge Hammer’, Sau was brought up by his grandparents and hardly knew his mum who wanted him to be successful in the academic field.

The Nabukeru,Yasawa, native turned 28 yesterday and was treated with a birthday cake at the Nadi International Airport arrival lobby.

Nainoka, 51, could not hold back her tears as she welcomed her son at the airport. Sau is the third eldest and he was only two months old when his grandfather raised him.

“My dad wanted to raise him up because he was his namesake,” Nainoka said.

“He was there from Year One until he went to Ya­sawa Secondary School in Naviti, then he came to know his biological mother. He always thought that his grandfather was his biological dad,” Nainoka said.

Nainoka always disagreed with his son’s decision to play rugby in school.

“When he was in high school I just did not like him touching the ball so he sneaks out so that he can go and play,” she said.

“The reason is because I want him to study and work hard to become successful in life. But little did I know that studies and sports go well together.

“Now he has achieved his aim of becoming a na­tional rugby representative. I am proud of him.”

Sau admitted that playing in the 2017/2018 World Rugby Sevens Series was a great experience for him.

Steffan Baber turned 11

Meanwhile Gareth Baber’s son Steffan also cel­ebrated his 11th birthday yesterday.

Edited by Anasilini Ratuva


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