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Plan B After Rugby: Temo

  Vodafone Fijian Under-20 player Temo Mayanavanua said ruggers should have a backup plan after rugby. The Cautata, Bau Tailevu native said rugby is just temporary but life after rugby
31 Dec 2016 11:00
Plan B After Rugby: Temo
No pain no gain..Temo Mayanavanua works out at the HPU Gym at Laucala Bay yesterday.Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

 

Vodafone Fijian Under-20 player Temo Mayanavanua said ruggers should have a backup plan after rugby.

The Cautata, Bau Tailevu native said rugby is just temporary but life after rugby was something players should focused on.

“At 17, I joined the U18 rugby sevens squad that toured to Samoa led by former 7s coach Ben Ryan,”Mayanavanua said.

“After the tour I decided education is important and there should be a Plan B after rugby.

“When I joined the national 7s squad I was shocked to be told to just to feel the atmosphere and the environment being an elite player. I saw it’s a whole different level and being among the top players was great opportunity for me. It all came through hard work, commitment and dedication to what you believe in.

“This year I dropped off the Zimbabwe and New Zealand tour because of school commitment. It was a hard decision but I need on concentrate on my Fiji School Leaving Certificate and wait for another chance.

“So now being I’m part of the squad again and I’m thankful for everything that God had done for me.”

The Suva Grammar School student spoke about his experience in joining the U20 squad.

“Being in the squad was really hard, and it’s not only you alone who is vying for a spot as there are other good players.

“To balance school and rugby was a big challenge for me.  Last year I told my grandparents I really wanted to play and if they send me to school it will be a waste of money so they both respected my decision. But I didn’t lose focus on my study as I am doing online courses,” he said

Temo looks up to his uncle and 7s captain Osea Kolinisau as his mentor and role model.

“We live together under the same roof since I was born until now. He taught me a lot about rugby and I wasn’t in to rugby until the age of 14.”

The Vodafone Fijian Under-20 are preparing for their tour in Australia to play against New Zealand, Australia and Samoa.

Edited by Osea Bola

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