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Evans Credits Fijian Factor

  Sydney Roosters enforcer Kane Evans says the 2013 Rugby League World Cup with the Vodafone Fijian Bati helped him to turn his life around. Now 24 years of age,
15 Feb 2016 11:57
Evans Credits Fijian Factor

 

Sydney Roosters enforcer Kane Evans says the 2013 Rugby League World Cup with the Vodafone Fijian Bati helped him to turn his life around.

Now 24 years of age, Evans played five Tests for Fiji as a 21-year-old at the 2013 RLWC.

Evans said it was the pre-tournament camp in Fiji that helped him to forge a deep connection with the nation of his mother’s birth.

“Our Fijian culture is based on God and ever since I went on camp with the Fijian team with Petero [Civoniceva], my life’s turned around since then. I’m just so proud to be a Fijian,” Evans told NRL.com.

Along with Eels winger Semi Radradra, Evans was one of two Fijian representatives in the World All Stars team that played reigning champion Indigenous All Stars captained by Greg Inglis at  Suncorp Stadium last Saturday. All Stars won 12-8  Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand and England players were also part of the World All Stars team.

“We’re all representing different nationalities but we’re all bringing our own sense of humor. Semi is really quiet but when you spend some time with him he starts singing Fijian songs. It’s mad,” Evans said.

“Then we’ve got Konrad Hurrell from Tonga who is the Fresh Tongan and Nene [Macdonald] from PNG and the other boys representing Samoa and Australia and England.

“My goal is to represent NSW in the State of Origin. If I get to a point where I do get selected and I have to make that decision. I’m a proud New South Welshman, a proud Australian and a proud Fijian,” he said.

“If I got picked for Origin I’d definitely play Origin. Even if you talk to Petero, he was playing Origin and for Australia his whole career and then the last two years he played with Fiji in the World Cup and the tour and even he said that it was one of the best camps that he’d ever done.

“That’s big words coming from him and I think that goes with the Fijian culture.”If I had to pick between Fiji and Australia, I couldn’t pick because I’m half of each and I’m so proud of both cultures that are in me.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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