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I Respect Everyone: Nakarawa

The last time Nakarawa trained at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes was during preparation for the Rio Olympics under the guidance of 7s coach Ben Ryan.
06 Jul 2019 17:29
I Respect Everyone: Nakarawa
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians rep Patrick Osbourne during training at the Sand Dunes in Sigatoka on July 5, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians lock forward Leone Nakarawa rates the New Zealand Maori as just another team.

The teams clash at the ANZ Stadium, Suva next Saturday in the first of six internationals for Fiji building up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The Olympian, who plays for Racing 92 in the French Top 14, is among the players vying a spot at the 2019 RWC.

“As for the Maori ABs, we are all human beings even though they play in the Super Rugby competition,”Nakarawa said.

Fiji has never defeated the touring Maori All Blacks side since 1958. They first met in 1938.

“For me and it is an honour to come back and represent my country but I’ve to work hard. Nothing comes easy, hard work, sacrifice pays off,” he added.

“For me I respect everyone.”

The last time Nakarawa trained at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes was during preparation for the Rio Olympics under the guidance of 7s coach Ben Ryan.

“It was bit hard in the beginning today and later on I’m used to it.

“A lot of Fijian players are used to the dunes, mud run etc.”

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians rep Leone Nakarawa during training at the Sand Dunes in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians rep Leone Nakarawa during training at the Sand Dunes in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

The Flying Fijians resume training on Monday.

Edited by Osea Bola

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