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Vodafone Fijian 7s strongman Masivesi Dakuwaqa has taken the World Sevens Series by storm. His powerful runs, spot on tackles and ability to score spectacular tries have awed TV commentators
16 Mar 2016 15:30
Top Of the World

Vodafone Fijian 7s strongman Masivesi Dakuwaqa has taken the World Sevens Series by storm.

His powerful runs, spot on tackles and ability to score spectacular tries have awed TV commentators during the Las Vegas and Canada tournaments.

But Dakuwaqa’s rise to the top of the sevens rugby world, was not an easy feat.

Speaking to SUNsports, fitness guru Epeli Lagiloa, the man who guided this 22-year-old prop’s career said, his attitude and dedication reminded him of how sevens maestro Waisale Serevi had started his.

“When Serevi started he used to run from Nasole to Nausori to train with the Rewa rugby team (now known as Tailevu) at Ratu Cakobau Park and when training was over he always runs back home,” the retired sports science lecturer at Fiji National University said.

“Similarly with Masi, he works as a security guard at Nadi Airport so when he finishes work he runs from there to join our club training in Natali. Even in our mid-morning sessions he is always there despite finishing off from his nightshift duty.”

Lagiloa said he was least surprised when he received news that Vodafone Fijians 7s head coach Ben Ryan was interested in his player.

“You see Masi is always eager to learn and is a worker. He is there at every training session and if we are not he would be training on his own. So I know what he is capable of.”

Lagiloa indicated that he had prepared a training programme for Dakuwaqa last year and they had been working on it.

“I could see the determination in him as he followed it religiously. By Christmas Eve, last year we decided to take a break and on Boxing Day, he was back following the programme. I later heard that while many of us were celebrating, Masi actually had been having early nights to prepare himself for the next round of training.”

In an earlier interview, Dakuwaqa said: “To be honest I was shocked. I didn’t expect it at all when Master (Epeli Lagiloa) told me that the Vodafone 7s team management had approached him.”

“First of all I want to thank the Almighty and my coach Lagiloa for his guidance and fatherly advice. I’m lucky to be part of Westfield Dragons and I must thank my teammates for their support in the last four months”.

Lagiloa who is the head coach of the Tokatoka Westfield Dragons said they are always proud of seeing their players make the national 7s team.

Dakuwaqa played alongside his club mates, lanky prop Pio Tuwai and playmaker Vatemo Ravouvou in the third leg of the Series.

Other members of the club that have made the national 7s team are prop Samu Saqiwa, Josaia Wini who is now based in France and Waisea Nacuqu.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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