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Koroi, 38, Leads Navy Today

Koroi, 38, Leads Navy Today
Sevanaia Koroi. Photo: Karalaini Tavi
September 01
10:44 2018

Today will be a memorable game for Navy captain, Se­vanaia Koroi as he heads into his last Suva Rugby Un­ion’s Escott Shield semi-final against QVSOB at Bidesi Park in Suva.

The 38-year-old began his career in 1999 where he played for Ratu Kadavulevu School in the Under-19 grade during the Fiji Secondary Schools Deans Trophy finals.

After playing for the Ra Rugby Union for over six years, he switched to rugby league and joined the Nadera Panthers in 2008.

On that same year, Koroi got a chance to don in the Fijian jumper and represented the country at the 2008 Rugby League World Cup in Sydney, Australia.

“Playing for Fiji and reaching the semi-finals was one of the best memories in my career. I got to play among big names in rugby league like Jarryd Hayne and Wes Naiqama.”

Now after 15 years in the sport, Koroi has decided that this will be his final season and will continue his coaching role for the RFMF Army Bears.

Originally from Nalawa, Ra where former Fijian 7s rep Neu­mi Nanuku is also from, Koroi said the decision to retire from the sport will allow upcoming players to take over.

“This year I was thinking of hanging my rugby boots and I am honoured to be the captain for this game and hopefully we make it to the final,” Koroi said.

“Age is catching up and we got new players and I want to give them a chance

“I am looking forward to coaching the Army Bears again and hoping to win the Defence Rugby League World Cup again.”

Koroi added this would a special game for him as he wants a win before ending his career.

“QVSOB is a game away to the final next week so first we will need to focus on QVSOB and give them a good run,” he added.

“My advice to these young players is to just follow their dreams, train the way they want to play and stay clear of friends who will not lead them to their dreams.” Koroi is a leading seaman for the Fiji Navy.

Edited by Osea Bola

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