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It’s A Great Honour, Says Matawalu

  The Nadroga Rugby Union has got five nominees for different categories of the Fiji Rugby Awards Night to be staged at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay Entertainment Centre on
11 Jan 2017 11:00
It’s A Great Honour, Says Matawalu
Nadroga Rugby president, Jikoibau Matawalu.

 

The Nadroga Rugby Union has got five nominees for different categories of the Fiji Rugby Awards Night to be staged at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay Entertainment Centre on Saturday.

Nadroga Rugby president, Jikoibau Matawalu is happy after he found that out by going through the Fiji Rugby Union’s list of shortlisted candidates of the main awards.

The Tubou native from Lakeba in Lau native is also one of the nominees in the Rugby Administrator of the Year Award alongside Simione Naiduki (Northland) and Timoci Rabuli (Vatukoula).

 

The other nominees from Nadroga are:

Tira Weilagi (Secondary School Player of the Year)

Esala Nauga(Coach of the Year)

Nadroga Senior team (Team of the Year)

Eremasi Radrodro (Player of the Year-15s).

 

“If I was the only nominee from Nadroga I would say I don’t deserve it but to have four other names from Nadroga Rugby alongside mine it is a great honour.

“I’m really happy that those candidates from my union have been nominated and recognised of their achievement,” Matawalu said.

The former Flying Fijian prop has been involved with Nadroga Rugby ever since being a player from 2001 to 2011.

During his playing days, he was the treasurer  of the Nadroga Rugby committee. This was from 2009 to 2011.

The NRU then elected Matawalu to be their consultant in 2012. In 2013, Matawalu was elected as NRU president till today.  Matawalu started his rugby journey at the University of the South Pacific- being part of the USP Academy operated under a French Academy Programme from 1997-2000. During that time he did his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics and Management and later graduated. He is also a former loans officer at the Fiji Development Bank (Sigatoka branch).

Not only has he been involved with rugby, just like any other Lauan native, Matawalu has also excelled in cricket while attending Suva Grammar School. In 1996 he was in England to do a cricket course for two months.

“I guess this is where I gained my management knowledge from secondary school to USP which has assisted me in my administration role.

“I have the work experience, playing experience which has all contributed to a successful operation of an organisation,” he said.

Matawalu believes he still owes cricket and would one day help Cricket Fiji.

Matawalu has got his eyes fixed on NRU major projects, this year which includes the Nadroga Rugby museum, rugby academy and a rugby field.

Also, he is the interim president of the Nadroga Football Association.

Matawalu is happily married with four children.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  anasilinir@fijisun.com.fj



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