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‘$8.5K Per Month’

Former national 7s representatives Pio Tuwai and Samuela Saqiwa will make their debut for Army in the Caltex League in the Sri Lanka Rugby Union competition next week. And after
21 Oct 2014 13:53
‘$8.5K  Per Month’
Fiji Men’s Prime Minister’s XIII full-back Josua Waqavesi in action against the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII at ANZ Stadium in Suva on October 11, 2019 . Photo: Ronald Kumar

Former national 7s representatives Pio Tuwai and Samuela Saqiwa will make their debut for Army in the Caltex League in the Sri Lanka Rugby Union competition next week.

And after securing their first overseas contract, the duo are enjoying their experience and stay in Sri Lanka.

“For me personally, the experience so far has been great,” Tuwai said.

“I intend to enjoy my six months contract and make the most of it.

“I’ll be getting US$4500 (F$8562) a month and will return in April next year.”

Tuwai says he will try to fight his way back into the Vodafone Fiji 7s team when he returns.

“The decision for us joining the national side will depend on the Vodafone Fiji 7s management and the Fiji Rugby Union,” Tuwai said.

“It’s their decision and we will definitely give it our best shot.”

Tuwai, Saqiwa and two Tongan players will be playing for the Army against 24 teams this season.

Vodafone Fiji 7s rep Apisai Naqaliva departed yesterday to join former rep Joeli Lutumailagi. They will play for Navy Rugby Club.

“We’re expecting another Fijian player on Saturday, so he would probably be flying out of Nadi on Thursday,” Tuwai said.

Meanwhile, Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan has yet to comment on the duo who departed for Sri Lanka a few days before the Gold Coast 7s.

“I can’t comment just yet. I’m still verifying all the information and there is much to sort through because of the contractual issue involved,” Ryan said.

Tuwai and Osea Kolinisau were the two 7s reps who had signed contracts with the Fiji Rugby Union.

However, according to Tuwai’s Westfield Barbarinas coach Epeli Lagiloa, the Ba man had yet to sign the contract.

“As far as we know, Pio has the contract with him. He has the document but he has not yet signed so to our knowledge, he is not yet contracted to the FRU and thus there should be no issue with his going to Sri Lanka,” he said.

“It would have been a different story if he had already signed the contract and we certainly wouldn’t have given him our endorsement knowing full well he is committed to FRU. But this was not the case so we’ve given our support.”

Lagiloa also cleared the air on Westfield Barbarians role in Tuwai’s departure and reaffirmed the club had a good relationship with Ryan and the FRU.

“We had no hand in this and our relationship with FRU and Ben Ryan is very much intact. We did not influence these players to do this and we had no hand in any of it. Any issue that may arise will be between these three parties.”

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