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Tough Transition For Beni

Former Fijian 7s rep Benito Masilevu is thankful for the chance to make his debut for the Vodafone Flying Fijians against the Maori All Blacks tomorrow. This was the main
10 Jul 2015 10:18
Tough Transition For Beni
Vodafone Flying Fijians winger Benito Masilevu relaxing at the team hotel at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Former Fijian 7s rep Benito Masilevu is thankful for the chance to make his debut for the Vodafone Flying Fijians against the Maori All Blacks tomorrow.

This was the main sentiment the Savusavu, Cakaudrove, man shared as he reflected on his journey from 7s to 15s.

“First of all I want to thank everyone who supported me all this while, by giving me their support and prayers,” Masilevu said.

“Switching from 7s to 15s was quite tough, especially making the move to France.

“The first three months was hard because actually I didn’t know where to run and where to position myself on the field.

“Most of the time, I played 7s and not 15s when I was here in Fiji, so I was not used to that style of play. But I always told myself I can do it, no matter hard it is and I pushed myself until I started to understand and I’ve really come far.”

The Brive winger said camp had been going well and he was thankful for the leadership of senior players.

“We have really good leaders and good senior players who have been helping us every day,” Masilevu said. “For us new players, all we have to do is just follow what they’re doing and try to contribute to the game. I have a good feeling this weekend that we’ll do really well.

“Everybody is excited looking forward to this big opportunity. It is a big opportunity for us in order for us to gauge where we are because most of these guys (Maori All Blacks) just came out of Super 15.

“This is the second-best team in New Zealand behind the All Blacks and they are the best in the world. So this is a good time for us to figure out where we are in rugby and especially on our way to the RWC.”

The 25 year-old called on fans to come and support the squad as they begin their campaign towards the 2015 RWC this September.

“Please be there for us. We ask you to come cheer, support and pray for us so that we can move forward together towards the World Cup,” Masilevu said.

The former Lomaiviti Rugby Club rep debuted for the national 7s side in 2013 before signing to France Top 14 club Brive in 2014, where he has played 44 games and often played an instrumental role in victories for the club.

Feedback: eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj

 



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