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‘Wise’ move

Justine Mannan sUVA Many rugby players find it hard to switch from a team they have been associated with for a long time. But in the end choices must be
11 Jul 2014 08:17

Justine Mannan
sUVA

RC Manubhai Suva rep Waisale Vatuvoka trains at Albert Park. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Many rugby players find it hard to switch from a team they have been associated with for a long time. But in the end choices must be made and options weighed.
This is what happened with former Flying Fijians halfback Waisale ‘Wise’ Vatuvoka who has been playing for his provincial district Naitasiri for nine years.
He made the switch last week handing his release papers to the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) to play for RC Manubhai Suva.
The 30-year-old said he made the move because of work commitments. He works for BSP Life.
“I’ve a huge love for rugby but I also needed to think about my working career,” Vatuvoka said.
“And I need to keep my job because if I kept playing for Naitasiri that would jeopardise my work. Both Naitasiri and Suva are reputable didtricts but Suva is just the right club to play for because after work I can just walk across the road to attend training and I don’t need to catch a bus or taxi.”
Vatuvoka handed his release form to FRU just in time for RC Manubhai Suva’s Skipper Cup game against his former district , Naitasiri, last Saturday; his first game with the capital side where they won 17-15.
Even though the management staff knew about Vatuvoka’s plans to play for Suva, it came as a shock to his former teammates.
“When they found out they were shocked at first but because we are not just teammates but also good friends, they understood my situation,” Vatuvoka said.
“They knew I had to move because of my work which is important to me.”
Playing for RC Manubhai Suva, Vatuvoka has had no problems fitting in and said he had settled in well.
“I know most of the players in the Suva team from the Fiji Warriors and Flying Fijians and I get along with them, so it has been good,” he said.
Vatuvoka has retained his former position as scrumhalf for the capital side.
He is likely to feature for the RC Manubhai Suva tonight at the ANZ Stadium in Suva when they take on Namosi in the ninth round of the Skipper Cup competition.
Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj




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