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Derenalagi: I aim to be a Flying Fijian

Derenalagi: I aim to be a Flying Fijian
(back l-r) Rosivela Dresu, Esava Qoro, Samuela Uqeuqe, Ponipate Lesavua, Maikeli Qoro, Jolame Nasuku, Richard Derenalagi, Visamaki Lagilagi, Josefa Kunagodo and NRU president Eparama Sailo. (seated l-r) Epineri Susu, Jen Osbourne, Paradise Beverages general manager Sales and Corporate Affairs Joe Rodan, Tui Nawaka, Rev Filipe Tuilawalawa, Jeremaia Driu at the Nawaka Rugby Club inaugural awards night in Nadi on Friday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
May 13
11:00 2018

Richard Derenalagi is fol­lowing the footsteps of his father Sailosi Nawavu, a former national rugby rep.

The 22-year old scooped the over­all player of the year and the most improved player awards during the inaugural Nawaka Rugby Club Awards Night on Friday.

“I am blessed to have been born in a village that has produced top rugby players including my fa­ther,” he said.

“They set the trend for us. I aim to be a Flying Fijian one day and I am working hard to achieving that goal.

‘I hope that other Nawaka play­ers have set their targets as it is very important to set goals for the future,” the former Tilak High School student said.

He plays for Nawaka in XV and 7s and is part of Jack’s Nadi pro­vincial team.

He is a final year student doing a Bachelor in Tourism Manage­ment at the University of the South Pacific.

“There is life after rugby and we need to be prepared,”Derenalagi said.

Paradise Beverages general manager sales and corporate af­fairs Joe Rodan Snr applauded the Nawaka Rugby Club for re­warding the players.

“I thank the Nawaka Rugby Club for hosting this first ever event as players need to be recognised for their contributions,”he said.

“The annual Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s has contributed to Fiji’s suc­cess in the sport over the years. In addition, sports build a healthy nation.”

History

The Nawaka Rugby Club was among the four pioneers teams that formed the Nadi Rugby Un­ion in 1958.

Before the set up of NRU, the players from Nawaka, Dratabu, Korovuto, and Yako played under the Lomavata rugby team which was a feeder to the Northern Dis­tricts in the FRU provincial com­petition.

Richard Derenalagi receives his award from Paradise Beverages general manager Sales and Corporate Affairs Joe Rodan at the Nawaka Rugby Club inaugural awards night in Nadi on Friday night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Richard Derenalagi receives his award from Paradise Beverages general manager Sales and Corporate Affairs Joe Rodan at the Nawaka Rugby Club inaugural awards night in Nadi on Friday night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Other three teams were Western Marines, Airport, and Ravoravo (Sabeto).

Awards Winners: Most Improved player – Richard Derenalagi, Most Disciplined player – Jolame Nasuku, Most Punctual player – Maikeli Qoro, Best Captain of the year Esava Qoro, Most games played 2017/18 Maikeli Qoro, 7s player of the Year – Rosivela Dresu, 15’s player of the year – Serupepeli Momo, Backs Award for the Year – Visamaki Lagilagi, Overall player of the Year – Rich­ard Derenalagi, Age groups U19 – Samuela Uqeuqe, U17 – Ponopate Lesavua, U16 – Josefa Kunagodo.

Edited by Osea Bola

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