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‘It All Started At Seganabetena’

Tuimaba was a key player for the Gareth Baber-coached side last season, featuring in all tournaments.
29 Nov 2019 16:00
‘It All Started At Seganabetena’
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s rep Aminiasi Tuimaba with wife Siteri and son Solomoni Tuimaba at the Nadi International Airport on November 28, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

 

If you have been to Vio Island, off Lautoka, you might come across a small playing field known as ‘Seganabetena’ meaning of no use.

That’s exactly where some national reps learned how to play rugby including Fiji Airways Fijian 7s rep Aminiasi Tuimaba.

The other national reps are Niko Qoro, Sikeli Nasau, Jimilai Nasau, Jo Vunisa, Manoa Qerea and Mosese Voka.

“It all started at Seganabetena. “That is where we play whether it’s high or low tide,” Tuimaba said.

“Our elders played there, same condition as it is today.

“We just love playing at Seganabetena. It is a big journey from there to Dubai where I made my World Sevens Series debut last year.”

Tuimaba was a key player for the Gareth Baber-coached side last season, featuring in all tournaments.

“I am ready for another shot, we have a good team and we request the fans to back us up,” he said.

Celebrating the 50th year of sevens in Dubai, Fiji open their title defence next Friday against Japan (4.02pm), Argentina (10.04pm) and France (4.02am) on Saturday.

Squad: Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Josua Vakurunabili, Isoa Tabu, Apenisa Cakaubalavu, Paula Dranisinukula (capt), Ratu Meli Derenalagi, Vilimoni Botitu, Waisea Nacuqu, Jerry Tuwai, Alasio Naduva, Aminiasi Tuimaba, Napolioni Bolaca, Kavekini Tabu, Terio Tamani.

Edited by Osea Bola

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