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Tuisova: Olympics Gone, World Cup Next

Toulon winger Josua Tuisova is determined to help the Vodafone Flying Fijians secure a spot in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The Votua, Ba native told SUNsports yesterday,
05 Jul 2017 11:00
Tuisova: Olympics Gone, World Cup Next
Vodafone Flying Fijians Josua Tuisova and Eroni Vasiteri with Tarusila Tuisova and Vika Rokotakala at the Nadi International Airport on July 4, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Toulon winger Josua Tuisova is determined to help the Vodafone Flying Fijians secure a spot in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The Votua, Ba native told SUNsports yesterday, that once that is achieved, he is going to try and cement his spot in the John McKee coached- national side.

Tuisova said the journey begins on Saturday as they go out for a win against Tonga to maintain their spot at the top of the points table.

“This is the first time for me to play against Tonga in fifteens rugby and I’m ready to represent my country,” he said.

Tuisova who was a member of Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens team that won the 2016 Olympic Games gold medal says, the victory is now water under the bridge.

“The Olympics has finished and now I will focus on what is yet to be done. We’re trying to qualify for the World Cup and the focus is on Tonga and Samoa. As Pacific islanders this will be challenging for us. However the boys have been preparing well for this competition.”

The 23-year-old said, he is honoured to be playing with some of his rugby idols like Captain Akapusi Qera, Vereniki Goneva and Eroni Vasiteri.

“When I was playing in France I always hear and watch them but playing with them is a great boost for me. I always dreamed of playing for the Flying Fijians one day. So playing with them is now a dream come true.” McKee has been a great mentor, Tuisova says, and he always inspires us.

“I’ve really learned a lot of things from him and the senior players as well. There is also a tough competition for the wing position but it will depend on the coach on whoever he chooses.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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