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No regrets for Campese

June 14
12:00 2010

image Written By : MACIU MALO. Flying Fijians prop Campese Ma’afu says he has no regrets in choosing to represent Fiji rugby rather than the Wallabies.
Seeing his brother, Salesi Ma’afu, playing for the Australian Wallabies doesn’t bother him in trying to do the best for the country at the upcoming ANZ Pacific Nations Cup and also the Rugby World Cup next year.
And despite being a Tongan and seeing another brother Apakuki Ma’afu playing for Tonga, the tough Fiji prop said he chose Fiji and would deliver the best for the country.
This weekend the Tongan native is ready to clash head-on against his fellow countrymen in their second PNC games.
He said Fiji was a home to him even though he is a Tongan and his family resides in Australia.
Campese and his Flying Fijians were treated to a day cruise by the Captain Cook Cruises from Denarau to Tivua Island which is one hour voyage from Denarau.
The trip, Ma’afu said, was part of the team bonding exercise outside the hustle and the bustle of the western society and rugby.
He said the team bonding exercise at Tivua Island was fantastic and loved every minute of his stay in the island.
“This is a totally new experience altogether for me and I just love it,” he said.
“We had a really tough training this morning and this day trip will make our team bonding stronger.
“I really love my experience with the Flying Fijians and I have no regrets of choosing to play for Fiji.”
Of all his rugby stints in Australia, Ma’afu said he has never come across any sort in team bonding exercise like the one they did yesterday.
He said joining his team mates in a new environment helped their relationship amongst themselves.
“I have played for many teams in Australia and we had never experience this kind of rugby break.
“The trip was awesome and the island was beautiful and I’m glad to be part of this trip.”
In this weekend ANZ Pacific Rugby Clash against Tonga, he was supposed to play against his other brother Ratu Apakuki Ma’afu who is a Tongan rep.
“I played against Salesa two weeks ago and I was supposed to play with Apakuki this Saturday but he has been ruled out,” said Ma’afu
Ma’afu has played two tests for Fiji and has been Fiji’s number one prop in the last two games against Australia and Japan respectively.
He hails from Tonga with maternal links to Kadavu.

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