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ANASILINI RATUVA Suva Nadroga players in the Fiji national 7s team aim to prove themselves to the world at the Nanjing Youth Olympics which starts on August 17 in China.
08 Aug 2014 08:54

Fiji Under-18 players, from left, Navitalai Navuni, Josaia Cokaibusa, Semi Tubacule Ebola virus and Alipate Wate during training at Uprising Resort in Pacific Harbour yesterday. Photo: Rama

ANASILINI RATUVA
Suva

Nadroga players in the Fiji national 7s team aim to prove themselves to the world at the Nanjing Youth Olympics which starts on August 17 in China.
Navitalai Navuni Ralawa, 18, a student of Sigatoka Methodist College believes representing the country is a perfect platform for him to prove his worth.
“I’m very happy and I feel excited to be part of this team,” Ralawa said.
“It has always been my dream to represent my country and this has finally materialised. I aim to play well and prove myself and aim for a spot in the Flying Fijians team in the future.”
The Nacamaki, Koro, Lomaiviti lock forward has been preparing well for the challenge. Hooker Josaia Cokaibusa, who plays for the BLK Nadroga U20 side, says the onus is on them to perform.
“The challenge will not be easy but we should be ready come game day,” Cokaibusa said.
“We plead for support from the people of Fiji to help us win gold medal.”
Winger Semi Tubacule, a sixth former of Sigatoka Methodist College, echoed the same sentiments and strongly believes the team can win gold.
“Situation like this would boost us to do well and right now we are aiming for nothing less but a gold medal,” Tubacule said.
His schoolmate and prop Alipate Wate Qaraniqio who is also a sixth former of Sigatoka Methodist College said their aim is to do the country proud.
“We are selected to represent our country with pride and aim to win,” Qaraniqio said.
The four were members of the Sigatoka Young Boys 7s team which took part in the 2014 Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament.
The trio, Cokaibusa, Tubacule and Qaraniqio hail from Nahigatoka Village in the Nadroga province. The team trained at the Uprising Beach Resort yesterday with only seven players after five players from Ratu Kadavulevu School withdrew to focus on the Coke Zero Deans Under -18 final against Lelean Memorial School next week. RKS principal Beniamino Tawake confirmed yesterday that the five players would not go to China.
“They have written a letter and delivered to the Fiji Rugby Union on Monday. The Coke Zero Deans U18 final is their priority,” Tawake said.

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