Rugby

Can’t Keep A Good Man Down

“I want to represent Fiji in the future when my services are required. I’m grateful to be given this chance to play with the best players.”
28 Feb 2021 12:03
Can’t Keep A Good Man Down
Nasoni Nawanawailagi in action Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, on February 27, 2021. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Nasoni Nawanawailagi who is deaf took to the rugby field to test his ability by playing with the best of his age group.

The 21-year-old featured for the Fiji Police Special Response Unit’s side in the Under-21 category of the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s at Prince Charles Park, Nadi yesterday.

The Naimasimasi, Tailevu native was the former captain of the Fiji Nai Ula 7s team that won the 2019 Oceania 7s Deaf tournament at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

He played an instrumental role for the side as they beat Blue Diamonds 17-7, Mala Young boys 12-0 but lost 17-12 to Dominion Brothers.

“I love playing rugby as I did play in the Paralympic (deaf) team,” he said.

“It’s true that I’m special with the rest of the players on the field. I’m pretty sensitive with my eyes on what takes place in the field of rugby.

“I want to represent Fiji in the future when my services are required. I’m grateful to be given this chance to play with the best players.”

Nawanawailagi has two brothers and three sisters.

He attended Gospel School for the Deaf and Gospel High School respectively. He is now at the Fiji National University completing a certificate in Carpentry/Joinery.

They are captained by Jovilisi Natoya and Sevanaia Galala is the vice-captain with  Dan LIgairi as coach.

“This is part of their policing project which includes respect for diversity and culture, race, gender, and colour,” Ligairi, the former Northland hooker said.

 



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