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Algar Honoured To Play For Naitasiri

The Australian born youngster, is originally from London, England, while his mum hails from Vatoa in Lau.
04 Aug 2020 11:52
Algar Honoured To Play For Naitasiri
Sean Marcus Algar (circled) with the Naitasiri Under-19 team before they take on Nadi at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori on August 1, 2020. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Standing at 1.98metres and about to turn 17 on August 29, Sean Marcus Algar is honoured to play for Naitasiri Under-19 side in the Skipper Cup competition.

The Australian born youngster, is originally from London, England, while his mum hails from Vatoa in Lau.

Algar was one of the standout players in the Naitasiri U19’s 32-10 win over Nadi. He awed the fans at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori, by dominating the lineouts, contesting in the ruck, powerful runs and try assists.

Algar told SUNsports yesterday that the province of Naitasiri had a special place in his heart.

“We moved to Wailase (Naitasiri) in 2015 where we have a farm and that is close to Nacokaika Village,” he said.

“Naitasiri is a humble team that does not have the luxury of things that most teams have here in Fiji.

“And that lifestyle is sweet because we as players get to play and work hard for the fans and our families.”

Algar said the Naitasiri experience had taught him to be humble as a player.

“My family didn’t flinch when I told them that I will be playing for Naitasiri because they know very well of my intentions.

“The province has taught me a lot of life lessons as in appreciating what I have. We didn’t have electricity and steady water supply and transportation.”’

He said to run out of the field with the Highlanders jumper was something special and to play for fans that really appreciate their efforts is just amazing.

“I try and play to the best of my abilities whenever I’m selected.

“I’m blessed to represent and play for a province that has given a lot to me and my family when we shifted to Wailase.”

Algar started playing rugby when he attended Queen Victoria School in Matavatucou.

“I attended QVS from Year 9 to 11 then to Natabua High School in Lautoka for Year 12.”

Algar is a Foundation student at the University of the South Pacific and aims to represent the Flying Fijians.

“I want to become a better player and secure a contract abroad plus playing for the Flying Fijians.

“I’m planning to return to Australia, next year because I’m a citizen there.

“I could travel to and fro but otherwise I’ll be returning to England later on.”

Algar lives with his mum and brother in the farm since his dad passed away in 2009.

“It’s kind of sad but we are stronger without dad so we have adapted to that environment very well because we live with our pastor’s family as well.

“I guess my biggest motivators for rugby would be the Fiji Rugby Union coaches and our pastor.”

Looking at the Naitasiri U19 side, the comradeship among the players is what Algar cherishes a lot. “I have been called a lot of special names by my team-mates. We all joke about it. First it was White Man, Kumala Vula and then Tavale,” he added.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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