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Young Gold Coast Titans Prop Follows Dad’s Footsteps

Gold Coast Titans prop Ben Nakubuwai is out to do his father proud during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. Nakubuwai’s dad, Pio is a former double international. He represented
18 Oct 2017 11:00
Young Gold Coast Titans Prop Follows Dad’s Footsteps
Ben Nakubuwai grilled by the media at Prince Charles Park, Nadi on October 17, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Gold Coast Titans prop Ben Nakubuwai is out to do his father proud during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Nakubuwai’s dad, Pio is a former double international. He represented the national rugby team in the 1990s and was dubbed the ‘Black Shark’ for being a fearsome flanker. In 1992, he switched to rugby league and represented the Vodafone Fijian Bati.

The 21-year-old Nakubuwai who is now dubbed in the NRL as the next Petero Civoniceva says, he’s honoured to be part of the Bati and to showcase what he has to offer.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me to showcase what I have to offer.

“I’m ready to go and make my dad and family proud. I guess if I do my job well and play to the best of my ability I might as well tick all the boxes. Playing in the World Cup is like playing in a big stage and a chance for us to get better from each game we play.”

Nakubuwai added that they are in a tough pool and would be going against NRL players so they still need to do a lot of work.

“We still have a week left from our first game against USA on October 28, so it’s going to be a tough one but the boys are working hard.

“So I have to get out there and give it my best each week so I get to play. If I do that then I’m doing my job for the team.”

The Fiji Bati side leave for Brisbane on Saturday.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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