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‘Brotherhood Intact’

‘Brotherhood Intact’
Vodafone Fijian Bati (left left) Ashton Sims, Wes Naiqama (assistant coach), Jacob Saifiti, Korbin Sims at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club on October 19, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
October 20
11:00 2017

Vodafone Fijian Bati prop Ashton Sims believes the match against the United States will determine the rest of their campaign at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Australia next week.

The Fijians are in Pool D with USA, Wales and Italy. The Kevin Naiqama captained-team play USA on October 28 in Townsville.

“The game against USA is going to be tough,” Sims said,

“They definitely got a few good players and we got to be at our best to beat them.

“I don’t know if it will be my last world cup, who knows? I’m just really excited and I can’t wait. This world cup is very similar to the previous one, the friendship and brotherhood has been there from the start.

“We are enjoying each other’s company and we are enjoying training hard together.”

The 32-year old plays for the Warrington Wolves in the Super League in the United Kingdom.

He will be playing alongside his brother Korbin as Tariq is injured.

The three brothers all played for Fiji in the last RLWC.

“It’s unfortunate that my brother Tariq can’t play through injury, Korbin is still playing and the boys enjoy playing with him and I think we get the best out of each other. We are just excited getting to Australia and playing our first game against USA.

“We got a good mix of youth and experienced players and it’s great to have guys like Petero (Civoniceva) and Wes Naiqama part of the coaching staff which makes it more comfortable and more exciting for all players involved.

“I look up to Petero growing up playing and getting to play against him over the years was always a big highlight of my career. And the same with Wes Naiqama and I got to play at St George Dragons with him. It sort of feels like I grew up playing with him, and there is a real good vibe around the group. We want to keep working hard towards the World Cup.”

Edited by Osea Bola




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