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Doge Grateful, Excited

It is a dream come true for Mesake Doge who is one of the seven new caps in the Vodafone Flying Fijians for the upcoming tests which starts at the
31 May 2016 12:24
Doge Grateful, Excited
From left: Mesake Doge, Matthew Vulawalu, Kalolaini Vukialau, Tavaita Doge, Hannah Vukialau. Front: Virisila Vulawalu and Salawai Vulawalu at their home in Namadi yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

It is a dream come true for Mesake Doge who is one of the seven new caps in the Vodafone Flying Fijians for the upcoming tests which starts at the ANZ Stadium next week.

Doge along with Jale Sassen, Eremasi Radrodro, Serupepeli Vularika, Eroni Vasiteri, Vodafone Fijian 7s Savenaca Rawaca and Highlanders winger Patrick Osborne have been named in the 27-member squad.

The Nadogo, Macuata native said donning the white jersey has been something he has been aiming for, for a long time.

“When I found out that I was named in the Vodafone Flying Fijians I was just so happy and excited,” Doge said.

“Being selected is really a great opportunity because normally it is really hard for the local boys to get a spot on the Flying Fijians team.

“That is where coach John McKee picks out the best of the best locally and abroad and I am so thankful I am one of those selected; it is really a huge boost for me personally.”

The former Queen Victoria School student is especially excited about working closely with McKee along with the likes of Patrick Osborne, Savenaca Rawaca and Campese Ma’afu.

“It will definitely be a privilege and I would be happy to take the opportunity to learn anything I can from these players,” he said. They are more experienced and have been playing professionally for a long time and know how to perform under pressure in big games; so I am hoping to learn what I can from them.

“Working with McKee is also is an honour and a privilege. He is a really good coach and I know my level of rugby will really develop under his guidance.

“I would like to acknowledge God too for the talent he has given me and for bringing me this far in my career.

“My family is extremely proud and happy for me and I just want to be able to make them proud while at the same doing my best in the team.”

The Vodafone Flying Fijians will march into camp tomorrow. They play Tonga on June 11, Manu Samoa on June 18 and Georgia on June 24 at the ANZ Stadium.

Edited By Osea Bola

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