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Vodafone Flying Fijians lock Leone Nakawara aim to improve his performance after the Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. Being one of the
19 Aug 2015 09:39
Ready To Improve
Leone Nakarawa of Flying Fijians in a lineout training at Bidesi ground yesterday. Photo: Rama

Vodafone Flying Fijians lock Leone Nakawara aim to improve his performance after the Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

Being one of the standout players in the PNC, Nakawara said the only way forward was to take the positives from the last tournament.

“The PNC is over and though I performed well in the tournament, I still need to work on some of my weaknesses in time for the RWC,” Nakarawa said.

“There are some of the little things that I am not happy with but that’s normal, every player makes mistakes.

“My set piece play hasn’t been good, so that is one area I’m working on. Defence is an important factor which is something that needs to be tightened up, as well as my attack.

“The PNC was a good platform for me to assess how I play and look at the mistakes and positive things I have done and now I am working on how I can improve on that.”

The motivational drive behind his success as a player and being a key performer on the field is his spiritual belief and the support his family gives him.

“What really motivates me a lot is my belief in God,” he said.

“I did not come through the system like most of these players. I didn’t play rugby at a young age in competitions.

“I just started playing when I was 19-years-old and God has really helped on my way to becoming the person I am now.

“My dad’s support has been incredible, he always prays for me every morning and evening during devotion. Even though there are times where I don’t play well and get criticism from the fans, my family has always been there beside me and supporting me.”

With the final team being named on Friday, Nakawara said despite making the team or not, they were facing a tough pool and they need to work hard.

“Being here in the team is amazing, we have a lot of new and young players in the team and I can say that this is a good team.

“But we really need to work hard for this RWC because it won’t be easy. We are in the ‘pool of death’ and it will surely be a challenge for us to overcome but I am pretty confident that we will survive.”

Fiji is pooled with Australia, Wales, England and Uruguay.

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