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Setareki Bituniyata is grateful to his family who have been supporting him after the death of his parents   Vodafone Fijian 7s player Setareki Bituniyata aims to make it to
31 Dec 2016 11:00
Eyeing Next 7s Stop
Fiji 7's national team member Setareki Bituniyata with his fans. From left Aca Molinivanua, Nimilote Seasea, Hans Phillip, Alipate VAro, Semi Boseiwaqa, Jona Qoro who were here for the All Nations Church annual conference.Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

Setareki Bituniyata is grateful to his family who have been supporting him after the death of his parents

 

Vodafone Fijian 7s player Setareki Bituniyata aims to make it to the final squad for the Wellington and Sydney 7s next month.

And he is so grateful to his uncles and aunts who have been supporting him after the death of his parents.

The Toga, Navosa native spoke about his experience after making his debut during the Dubai- Cape Town leg of the 2016-17 World Sevens Series.

“Playing my first pool game against Canada at the Dubai 7s and seeing the crowd and playing against an international team was all new to me,”he said.

“It was a good experience and I can’t wait to get back on the field and prove myself again.  I am looking forward to the next series.

Playing with experienced players allowed him to learn quickly and blended well with the team.

“It has been a challenge for me playing alongside experienced players like Osea Kolinisau, Samisoni Virviri, Jasa Veremalua and Kitione Taliga,”Bituniyata said.

“I’ve learn a lot from them getting to know them personally, it was fun and after our game they will encouraged and rate my playing skills and how I can improve on our next game which motivated me a lot since I’m the youngest in the team.

“My goal is to be part of the team to the next 2020 Olympic Games in Japan and the Rugby Sevens World Cup next year.

“It takes sacrifice and hard work to be in the team and for now I’m just trying to do my best in all I can do.”

The former student of Lelean Memorial School and Cuvu College thanked his family for their support especially when his parents are not here with him to celebrate his achievement,

“When I came back from Cape Town I wasn’t expecting them to host a small family feast for me, I thank my uncles and aunts for their never ending support since the death of my parents,” he said

The 7s squad camp on Tuesday under Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber.

Edited by Osea Bola

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