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Tevita Kuridrani still remembers the day fellow Namatakula, Nadroga native Lote Tuqiri came home after taking part at the 2003 Rugby World Cup. “As a 10-year-old, I remember Lote returning
27 Oct 2015 13:02
Centre Of Focus
This Sunday, Kuridrani will become the third Fijian to play in the World Cup final when the All Blacks play the Wallabies in Twickenham. This was after Fiji-born Walter Little played for the All Blacks at the 1995 RWC in South Africa and (Lote) Tuqiri at the 2003 RWC in Australia.

Tevita Kuridrani still remembers the day fellow Namatakula, Nadroga native Lote Tuqiri came home after taking part at the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

“As a 10-year-old, I remember Lote returning to the village and drinking kava,” Kuridrani told Fox Sports of Australia’s tryscorer in the 2003 RWC final.

“I was just really excited to see a player who made it in tests for Australia.

“For the Fijian people, any time a Fijian makes his mark for another country it brings pride to the community.”

And with Waisake Naholo (All Blacks) and Henry Speight (Wallabies) unlikely to make the cut for the final, Fijians would definitely bank on Kuridrani to make the country proud.

This Sunday, Kuridrani will become the third Fijian to play in the World Cup final when the All Blacks play the Wallabies in Twickenham.

This was after Walter Little played for the All Blacks at the 1995 RWC in South Africa and Lote Tuqiri at the 2003 RWC in Australia.

While Little and Tuqiri could not win the William Webb-Ellis Trophy, Kuridrani could be the first Fijian to be part of the winning team.

He has been the first choice centre and has been improving in his game.

He played his best game of the World Cup in the quarterfinal thriller against Scotland and scored the key second-half try in the 35-34 victory,

Yesterday, he played another key performance in the 29-15 semifinal win over the Pumas.

He was solid as ever with an 80-minute performance and was still making tackles in the 78th minute.

His big tackles kept the Argentina at bay and made plenty of ground on the run.

The Wallabies build their victories in the past through the powerful centres in the No.13 jerseys.

Big, powerful outside centres were integral to the Wallabies winning the World Cup in 1991 (Jason Little) and 1999 (Daniel Herbert) as well as in the near-miss of 2003 (Stirling Mortlock).

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