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No Place Like Home

For Reijeli Uluinayau, coming back to Fiji and donning the national jumper is a dream come true. The 22-year-old who was born and raised in Suva played for the New
27 Nov 2014 13:18
No Place Like Home
Reijeli Uluinayau

For Reijeli Uluinayau, coming back to Fiji and donning the national jumper is a dream come true.

The 22-year-old who was born and raised in Suva played for the New Zealand Raiders women’s team during the Coral Coast 7s where she was identified by Telecom Fijiana head coach Iliesa Tanivula.

Now the Nayau native from Lau is part of the Fijiana extended squad, however she reiterated that her dream has finally materialised.

“To be part of the team is really exciting. It’s a priviledge for me to make it into the national squad,” she said. “I’m still working my way up. I always want to play for Fiji and to come back to my country. I always have that passion. I’m still a Fijian. My home and nothing beats coming back and representing my country.”

She attended Stella Maris Primary School from Class One to Class Eight before her family moved to Wellington.

The gutsy halfback has called on young women to set their goals and work towards it. “You’ve got to believe in yourself. Also, I encourage women who want to play rugby that anything is possible if you want to make a cut in the national team, just work hard, keep pushing and never give up,

“When I was small I always watch men play rugby and that time girls were  not playing the sport. In my head I thought one day women will play 7s and now that’s happening  and I’m so happy to be part of that.”

Reijeli is the cousin of former Flying Fijian star fullback Alfred Uluinayau.

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