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Daily Struggles Drive Loaloa To Score France Contract

Former Fijian U20 rep tells why he took up the French contract.
11 Jul 2020 14:18
Daily Struggles Drive Loaloa To Score France Contract
Former Fijian U20 Alivereti Loaloa fends off an opponent. The former RKS student now plays for the French Pro D2 club, USON Nevers.

Daily family struggles is what drove former Fijian Under-20 loose forward, Alivereti Loaloa to take up a rugby contact in France.

Loaloa, who was dubbed as Ratu Kadavulevu School’s strongman during their Deans Trophy win in 2016, broke his silence to SUNsports about him joining French Pro D2 club USON Nevers at the end of 2018.

“Family is everything to me,” the 21-year-old said from France.

“I can still recall the times I would returned to the village and experience the hardships my families were going through and it was not easy.

“In my village in order to survive we have to work really, really hard but the returns are not that good.

“That was why I chose to take up this contract for three years and help make life easier for my family in the village.

“My family deserve to have a good life and that matters a lot to me.”

Loaloa said despite pressures put on him to stay back, he had made up his mind.

“I always gave my all to do well. After four months of my arrival in France my rugby really improved.”

The Mataso, Kadavu native said he was happy with the progress and has never regretted his decision.

“I believe it was a wise decision. I’m doing it for my family and despite being here I always feel for my parents as they are going through a lot at home.”

Loaloa said he would never forget the day he told his family that he was leaving for France.

“They were really excited. They supported my decision because they thought about our future.

“I was only two-months old when my parents had handed me to my grandmother living in Lami while they went back to the village.

“Despite our struggles we were always supporting each other. I’m blessed to have that in my family.”

Loaloa said when at times he was feeling down and wanted to quit, his grandmother always encourgaed him on to become a better person and player.

“I’m the first from my village to don the white jersey (Fijian U20) and the first to play overseas, it was amazing how they sent their support and blessings.”

Positional change

Loaloa said he plans to get into Joueurs Issus des Filières de Formation (JIFF) while at the academy and become a professional player.

“They have shifted me to centre because they want speed and skills to offload as that adds power into the backs. I’m training with the backline most of the times and with the senior team.

“The plan is to have me as a backup player during the game so if any injuries happen I can fit right in.”

Loaloa said he has set his goal to play for France either in sevens or fifteens rugby.

“I believe I’m still young and there’s a long way to go and nothing is impossible when God is in control. It’s all about opportunities and how I grab and utilise them.”

New experience

“This is a big club because it got promoted to the Pro D2 in 2017.

“To me the rugby knowledge and the standard of rugby here is on another level when you compare it with Fiji,” he said.

“The discipline of training and the programme is very different because we have games week in and week out.”

Loaloa said the first things he did was to adapt to the system and the structure of the club, that go with the game plan.

“Once you understand the system playing in the club will be very easy.”

Memories of RKS

Loaloa said he’s always emotional whenever he thinks about his school life in RKS,

“Life was hard as a rugby player in RKS because there were lots of good players and teachers would often choose their best students to play.

“For me I thank coach, Nacanieli Saumi for believing in me,” he said.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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