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No Regrets For Turbos’ Tudreu

When the Manawatu Turbos run out on the field tonight for the 2014 ITM Cup Championship final, it will be a special moment for Fijian player, Newton Tudreu. The 21-year-old
24 Oct 2014 12:57
No Regrets For Turbos’ Tudreu
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When the Manawatu Turbos run out on the field tonight for the 2014 ITM Cup Championship final, it will be a special moment for Fijian player, Newton Tudreu.

The 21-year-old is hoping he’ll be able to top off a fantastic 2014 season in the best possible fashion with no regrets and enjoying every minute of being in the company of his team and older brother Nathan.

“For the finals this Friday, I hope I come off the field with no regrets. 2014 has been an exciting season of rugby and I’m glad I got to be a part of the 2014 Manawatu Turbos.

“Even with the mixture of young and old lads the team has made some special milestones for this small Manawatu Rugby Union. It’s pretty special being a part of it!”

Tudreu has come a long way since he first started passing the rugby ball around in his backyard growing up in the renowned CAAF (Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji) compound in Nadi.
And when SUNsports caught up with him earlier this week via Facebook, he shared his journey from Nadi Airport School Kaji rugger to Manawatu Turbo.

“I grew up in the famous CAAF compound and went to Nadi Airport School in my primary school years.

“Then I moved to Nadi Christian Community School where I went to school until Form 6.

“I always played backyard rugby from a very young age, but started playing team rugby for Nadi Airport School in Under-10 and grew up playing in the Nadi Kaji Rugby tournament representing Nadi for Under 12 and 13.

“I did Foundation studies at the University of Fiji in Saweni, Lautoka then applied for a scholarship to the IPC Tertiary Institute here in Palmerston North.”

While Tudreu looks up to All Blacks centre Conrad Smith as a career role model, he credited his father and former Nadi rep Isei Tudreu and his uncle Peter Koroitamana.

“My father has always been an influence in my career.

“I wanted to be a fast winger like he was in his days as a wing for Nadi,” Newton said.

“And also my uncle Koroitamana, a winger in his days as well, who coached me when playing for Nadi Airport School.”
Tudreu holds one other fond memories of the season when his mother Daphne , came to watch her two sons play their home games and expressed how indebted he was to his parents, family and friends at home and abroad.

“My parents were my role models while growing up.

“They showed only love to us children and depended on God and feared Him. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my supportive family and friends in Fiji, NZ and abroad.”
“My long-term goal for rugby and for life? Apply what I’ve studied in university and find work to support myself and give back to my family what they’ve invested in me.
“Hopefully I can secure a good rugby contract as long as I’m fit to play and the body takes it well.”

Feedback: eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj



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