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Veteran Hooker On A Mission

  Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) veteran hooker Isireli Ledua is on a mission when they challenge Police in the Ratu Sukuna Bowl clash at the ANZ Stadium, Suva
17 Oct 2017 11:00
Veteran Hooker On A Mission
Army rugby squad members(front from left):Aporosa Kenatale,Levane Kurumudu. (back from left):Daveta Koroitakali,Agavito Sauvakarua,Isireli Ledua,Inia Tawalo and Mateo Qolisese at the Forces training grounds on October 15, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 

Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) veteran hooker Isireli Ledua is on a mission when they challenge Police in the Ratu Sukuna Bowl clash at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on Friday.

Speaking to SUNsports on Sunday Ledua said, he’s determined to win his fifth Ratu Sukuna Bowl challenge match.

“I’ve been training hard and working on my strategies to win this prestigious challenge,” the former Flying Fijians rep said.

“In the RFMF winning the Sukuna Bowl is considered as a biggest achievement.

“I also want to win it for many of our young players who will be playing for the first time on Friday.

“The feeling of winning the Sukuna Bowl is totally different as it’s associated with our history.

“I know that feeling especially when I won the Sukuna Bowl in 2005 during my first year with the military.”

The 32-year-old Moala, Lau native has won the Ratu Sukuna Bowl four times and will be playing his 11th challenge match.

Ledua along with Fiji Airways 7s strongman Isake Katonibau are among the key senior players who will be leading the charge against a tough Police outfit.

“Most of the players in the team are between 22 to 23 years of age and this challenge will be a good exposure for them as well.

“It’s good to have young players this year especially with the departure of our senior players who are on national duty with the Fiji Airways Drua side.

“This is where I started my rugby which later played a key role in my career enabling me to play for the Flying Fijians and the Fiji Warriors in the past.

“The Ratu Sukuna Bowl is like a world cup to us and we’re all training hard for it.”

Ledua also indicated that he is using Friday’s clash to prepare him for a chance to represent the country at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

“Playing such tough games will strengthen my capabilities in order to impress the selectors and make the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad for the World Cup,” he added.

Edited by Leone  Cabenatabua

Feedback:  leonec@fijisun.com.fj

 

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