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Moment To Cherish: Ravai

Vodafone Flying Fijian prop Peni Ravai playing in the 2015 Rugby World Cup was an unforgettable experience. “I was extremely happy that my hard work and determination helped me achieve
03 Nov 2015 08:55
Moment To Cherish: Ravai
Flying Fijians reps Peni Ravai and partner Karen Whittaker at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Vodafone Flying Fijian prop Peni Ravai playing in the 2015 Rugby World Cup was an unforgettable experience.

“I was extremely happy that my hard work and determination helped me achieve my goal and fulfil my lifelong dream of representing Fiji at the RWC,” Ravai said.

“Everyone who plays rugby wants to play at the RWC and my selection into the team was such a great honour.”

Spending over a month in England, and playing their first pool game against host’s England at one of the most popular rugby venues in the world, Twickenham, Ravai said it was one moment he will never forget.

“Our opening match against England was unforgettable, the crowd and atmosphere was unbelievable,” he said.

“While I was singing the national anthem, I was so happy, excited and proud to be wearing the Fijian jersey.”

Though the Flying Fijians only won one game against Uruguay, they have not only stamped their mark but gave Tier One nations a run for their money.”

Sharing the memorable moments with his teammates, Ravai highlighted some of his experiences.

“Playing in the scrums against some of the best teams in the world was memorable moment but one of the highlights was meeting the Duke of Cambridge Prince William.

“Every minute I played was memorable, I would like to make a special mention to my partner and family for their continual support and the coaching team for their guidance and also my team mates who helped me throughout the tour.” Ravai said.

The Natuva, Vugalei, Tailevu native not only experienced memorable moments but also had some challenging encounters, nevertheless Ravai said that his RWC outing has helped him a lot as a rugby player.

“It was not always fun, some days the training was very hard and one of the only challenges I faced was ensuring my place in the run on team for each game,” he said.

“One thing I have learned from the World Cup is that hard work pays off, not giving up and believing in myself and my ability to play rugby.

“I have gained a lot of self confidence and I have learnt great scrummaging techniques and rugby skills that will make make my game better.”

With the huge support from his fiancée, Karen Whittaker, who has been by his side for almost six years, Ravai now hopes to secure a contract overseas and continue playing the sport he loves.

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

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