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Fijian Joins China 7s Team

Fijian Joins China 7s Team
Peter Wong with his dad and manager Albert outside the Suva City Council office on December 29, 2017. Photo: Grace Narayan
December 30
11:00 2017

He missed to make the cut for the U20s twice. Maybe he is not good enough for Fiji. But now he has got an opportunity to become a professional rugby player- Father/manager Albert Wong.

 

Peter Wong will become the first Fijian to represent China in rugby sevens.

His window of opportunity came after his father Albert Wong responded to a Chinese rugby advertisement posted on social media for people of Chinese descent to represent China.

He got the nod after attending the trials in Shanghai, China last month.

Peter is expected to join the Chinese 7s team when they arrive in Fiji on January 5, where they are expected to spend 10 days.

According to his father, they will be departing for the United States of America soon after for a month of training at the Michael Johnson Performance Centre in Texas.

“This is indeed a blessing for me, it is a dream come true and I know with this opportunity more will come but it is up to me to work hard in getting it done,” Peter said.

He also had a stint in New Zealand playing for Kelston Boys High School in Auckland, New Zealand in 2013.

The former University of the South Pacific (USP) Pacific Islanders Rugby Club player was turned down twice by the Fijian Under-20 national team, despite being awarded the 2015 Skipper Cup U20 player of the year.

The following year he was part of the Nadi Aviators rugby league team that won the National Championship in 2016.

“I’m aiming to reach the highest level I can and to play against international players from all over the world but more importantly working to be the best.”

His father/manager Albert said it had always been his son’s childhood dream to represent Fiji in rugby.

“He tried for two years running for the U20 Fiji team but he did not make it due to unforeseen circumstances, then he tried rugby league,” Albert said.

“He missed the U20s. Maybe he is not good enough for Fiji but now he has got an opportunity to become a professional rugby player

“While many doors had closed, but one thing I always encouraged him was that he must always keep the faith and always persist.

“And do not let your disappointments get the better of you.

“I would like to tell all the players who have the potential but never given the opportunity to keep working hard and to trust in God.”

Albert hopes that his son’s miraculous breakthrough served to be an inspiration to players who are faced similar situations.

Despite all the challenges he faced the lanky 24-year-old had a never -say-die attitude, proving that there was light at the end of the tunnel.

“In Fiji we have players of great potential but were always denied the opportunity so I am hoping that this will open doors for more young players because China has opened its’ doors to global network of players.”

He hopes in helping out more young people in securing a rugby career in China.

“I just want to encourage young people out there to always keep the faith, no matter what disappointments you go through in life never allow those things to control you because the God that we serve never fails,” he said.

Edited by Osea Bola

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