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Blake Aims For Better 2016 NRL Season

Penrith Panthers player arrived into the country last week for his 21st birthday celebration   Penrith Panthers rugby league utility Waqa Blake has set his eyes for a better 2016
23 Dec 2015 13:36
Blake Aims For Better 2016 NRL Season
Penrith Panthers Waqa Blake is in the country. Photo: LOUISE LESLIE -QALO

Penrith Panthers player arrived into the country last week for his 21st birthday celebration

 

Penrith Panthers rugby league utility Waqa Blake has set his eyes for a better 2016 NRL season.

“Obviously playing 18 games for the panthers last season, was a pretty blessing to get into,” he said.

“Got injured as there are always up and downs but blessed to where I am now.

The Panthers in October unveiled Anthony Griffin as the new coach for 2016 seasons and Blake believes to make the grand finals.

“We have a new coach now and everyone been training which is the hardest thing we have ever done. The boys are psyched up as we have new players but we are all focused for our next season. We want to make the next season as the Year of the Panthers.”

Blake arrived into the country last Thursday to celebrate his belated 21st birthday with friends and family at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa in Natadola last Friday.

“Was great to be here with family to celebrate from the hectic season of NRL. This is about giving back to my parents and grandparents,” he added.

In May 2014, Blake made his debut for the Vodafone Fijian Bati as was named on the interchange for the Pacific Rugby League International test against Samoa.

“I always get back behind my home country and I always wanted to play for the Fiji Bati since growing up.

“I had a chance in 2014 there are more opportunities for me in Australia which is huge but it just cannot take away my love for representing Fiji anytime in coming future.

On February 26 this year, Blake extended his contract with the Panthers of 2016 to the end of 2017.

Blake made his NRL debut for the Penrith Panthers against the North Queensland Cowboys at centre in the Panthers 30-10 loss at Penrith Stadium during round 5 last seasons.

In round six he scored his first NRL try against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and assisted the Panthers to win 22-12 at home.

His biological father hails from Tonga and Waqa has maternal links to Nabubu, Macuata, in Vanua Levu his step dad is from Nayau, Lau and has been instrumental in his life.

He was born in Lautoka, moved to Suva and attended Yat Sen Primary school before moving to Sydney, Australia when he was nine years old.

The Fijian professional plays in centre/wing position and scored five tries in his 18 games last season. Edited by: Anasilini Ratuva

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