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Hara: I’m The Shortest One

  Height is not an issue when it comes to rugby. And Marist Seahawks player Nina Hara is showcasing incredible rugby in the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s women’s competition at
25 Mar 2017 11:38
Hara: I’m The Shortest One
Japanese player Nina Hara (kneeling third from left) is surrounded by her team mates Marist Seahawks during the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament at the ANZ Stadium yesterday. Photo: JUSTINE MANNAN

 

Height is not an issue when it comes to rugby.

And Marist Seahawks player Nina Hara is showcasing incredible rugby in the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s women’s competition at the ANZ Stadium, yesterday.

The 24-year-old from Fukuoka, Japan is only 150cm (4’ 11’’) tall but has been haunting her opponents.

She is the first Japanese to play for the Marist Seahawks.

Through an exchange programme with Japan arranged by Paulo Nawalu, Hara is able to enjoy playing in one of Fiji’s prestigious sevens tournament as has enjoyed every minute of it.

“This is my first time playing in the Marist 7s and it has been really enjoyable, the atmosphere and the talent is just incredible,” Hara said.

“Playing rugby is not new to me, I play rugby back home but it is really nice to come here and experience rugby in the land where people take rugby to another level.

“I am the shortest one but that has not stopped me from playing the game, I think if you want to play a sport or achieve a goal nothing should stop you from doing so.”

Marist Seahawks Two coach Elenoa Kunatuba said they are excited to have Hara in the team.

“We have an exchange programme with Japan through Nawalu. The girls went  to Japan to play and Nina is actually the first one from Japan to come and play here,” Kunatuba said.

“She came in December and went back for Christmas and then returned, she is just like one of the girls.

“Our communication is sometimes a barrier but she is learning Fijian faster than English.

“She is a terrier on the field, she is very skilful and for her height she can tackle and she isn’t scared of anyone, she reads the game pretty well.” Edited by Osea Bola

justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj



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