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Ducivaki Tells Of His Journey

  When he took the field against Scotland last Saturday, many fans did not know who he was. He is the Vodafone Flying Fijians prop Mosese Ducivaki. Speaking to SUNsports
30 Jun 2017 11:31
Ducivaki Tells  Of His Journey
Flying Fijian tight head prop Mosese Ducivaki has a word with national scrum coach Allan Muir during yesterday's training at Albert Park on June 29th, 2017. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

 

When he took the field against Scotland last Saturday, many fans did not know who he was. He is the Vodafone Flying Fijians prop Mosese Ducivaki.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Ducivaki said he has overcome many challenging times in life to be where he is now.

“It was something I had dreamed about for years,” he said.

The 26-year-old hails from Ketei, Totoya in Lau and made his Test debut for the Flying Fijians against Scotland where they recorded a 27-22 win.

One of the biggest challenges that Ducivaki had to face was balancing out his work as a school teacher and playing rugby.

“I think one of the most difficult things I had to do was work and play rugby at the same time. It was a big adjustment for me, being a school teacher is not easy and pairing that with rugby was a huge challenge.

“Most play rugby when they can but for me, I had my eyes set on a goal, which was to represent Fiji and I had to work extra hard.

“Rugby is not just a sport, since playing it from primary school it was a hobby but as I grew up rugby built me up as a person.

“Discipline is one of the things that kept me grounded but motivated, once I started playing at provincial level I changed my target to one day play for the Flying Fijians, and here I am. Once I set my aim, I did not let anything get in the way of my dream.”

 

WAY UP

The Kalabu Primary School teacher played for Naitasiri from 2013 to 2016 before being brought in to play for the Telecom Fijian Warriors last year and made it again this year for the Pacific Rugby Challenge (PRC).

Training alongside the renowned Fijian players, Ducivaki says, is the most memorable moment of life.

“I think when I saw some names in the team and training alongside them, I felt like a little kid again,” he said.

“It is truly a blessing to be playing in this wonderful team and making wonderful friends, I think being around these guys has made me grown as a player.

“Making my debut against Scotland felt amazing and to win the game on my debut was a special moment for me”

With the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers coming up next month, Ducivaki says, he would be working hard to make the 28-member squad to Tonga.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 



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