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Tailevu firefighter Tabuarua ready

By ANASILINI RATUVA It was his dream since a little boy to don the national jumper. And this has finally materialised for Qelekuro, Namena, Tailevu native Leone Tabuarua. He is
06 Oct 2012 10:40

National Fire Authority officers farewell Digicel 7s Leone Tabuarua in Walu Bay yesterday. Photo: JONA KONATACI

By ANASILINI RATUVA

It was his dream since a little boy to don the national jumper. And this has finally materialised for Qelekuro, Namena, Tailevu native Leone Tabuarua.
He is a member of the Digicel Fiji 7s team that departs on Tuesday for the Gold Coast Sevens in Australia.
And as a firefighter, he is prepared to fight for his country to defend the title at Skilled Park.
“I’m happy to be selected by the management to be part of the national sevens team as this was my dream and it is finally becomes a reality,”Tabuarua said.
“I will make sure to prove myself in Gold Coast.”
He attended Lawaki District School and later joined Ratu Kadavulevu School where he developed his rugby career and participated in the Coke Zero Deans competition.
The 26-years-old was part of the RKS Deans team in 2005 where he teamed up with players like Melbourne Storm winger Sisa Waqa that drew with Suva Grammar School 13-13 in the final at Churchill Park Lautoka.
He then joined Naitasiri rugby in 2009 and joined Suva in 2010 until today.
The prolific rover who played for Fiji Warriors during the International Rugby Board’s Pacific Rugby Cup has been dubbed as the player to watch next weekend.
“This is my first international 7s debut and also I’m the first in my family to represent Fiji ,:Tabuarua said.
“I want to thank my family and National Fire Authority for their support,
“I’m not only representing Fiji but I’m also representing my province and not forgetting my maternal links in Tokou, Ovalau.”
The National Fire Authority farewelled Tabuarua at their headquarters in Walu Bay yesterday.
NFA chief executive officer John O’Connor wished him well.
“Everyone here at NFA were eagerly waiting for the announcement of the team on Wednesday,”he said.
“You have made your firefighters friends proud and we just can’t wait for next week,” O’Connor said.
“I’m sure you have made yourself a role model for everyone here and your friends will try to follow your footsteps.”




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