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Bale Battles Odds

  Like everyone else, Vodafone Fijian 7s rep debutant Samu Bale has a story to tell. The Navutoka, Nakorotubu, Ra native battled to overcome the odds growing up. But he
06 May 2017 10:45
Bale Battles Odds
Vodafone 7s rep Samu Bale with a fan at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

Like everyone else, Vodafone Fijian 7s rep debutant Samu Bale has a story to tell.

The Navutoka, Nakorotubu, Ra native battled to overcome the odds growing up.

But he is lucky that rugby has made him stronger with the support of his wife Loata Ranadi who gives him a chance to punch above his weight.

“There were a lot of challenges I faced growing up. I had been through a lot of hurdles, family problems and I just thank my wife for always being there for me when I needed someone,” he said.

“She always motivated and made me strive to progress. I never dreamt that I would be in the national team and for that I am so happy.”

Bale can play at rover or winger and was instrumental for the Tabadamu rugby club.

“I want to thank the Lord for His love, protection and guidance throughout.”

Vakurinabuli proving worth

Robust forward Josua Vakurinabuli, 25, is adamant of proving his worth.

The Vatukarasa, Baravi, Nadroga native is a Fiji Corrections Service warden for the last three years. But interestingly he was part of the Army side during the 2017 Fiji Bitter Marist 7’s.

“This is a great achievement and thanks to the Lord as this has been my dream for a long time,” he said.

Edited by Osea Bola

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