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Tamanivalu For All Blacks

New Zealand-based Setareki Tamanivalu wants to play for the New Zealand All Blacks instead of his home country Fiji. Tamanivalu who has signed a two-year contract with Super Rugby team,
22 Dec 2014 13:08
Tamanivalu For All Blacks
rom left: Salanieta Tamanivalu carryinh her two-year-old niece, Salote Tamanivalu, Setareki Tamanivalu (Junior) with Setareki Tamanivalu (Senior), Maca Tamanivalu and Virisila Tamanivalu at their home at Kashmir in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: Varanisese Nasilasila

New Zealand-based Setareki Tamanivalu wants to play for the New Zealand All Blacks instead of his home country Fiji.

Tamanivalu who has signed a two-year contract with Super Rugby team, the Chiefs, once had a dream of playing for Fiji.

That all changed when he went to New Zealand – the home of the world champions, the All Blacks and a country where rugby is a religion.

“I have always had that mission of becoming a professional rugby player and to play for my country, but when I went to New Zealand, my mind had changed.

“I decided to take the opportunity in New Zealand to complete the mission of becoming a professional rugby player and it took some time to get where I am now,” the former Taranaki centre said.

“I would play for Fiji if I am given the chance. Right now I can’t since I have signed a contract with the Chiefs.

“Also it would be a privilege to play for the New Zealand national team so we will see how things go from here,” he said.

He has three sisters and is from Yasawa-i-rara.

“Reaching where I am today would not have been possible without my family and friends. The key to being successful for me was having good support and I was very blessed to have a family that gave me that.

“I have never imagined of training next to my idol Sonny Bill Williams. In fact I have always wanted to play against him because I have always loved a good challenge, but now we train together, eat together and I am honoured to play with him,” he said.

Tamanivalu will spend Christmas with his family in Yasawa where he will holiday for two weeks before returning to New Zealand for the 2015 Super Rugby training.

Feedback: varanisese.nasilasila@fijisun.com.fj

 

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