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Tawake Never Gives Up On Rugby

  Sevuloni Tawake is one of the great examples of how rugby comes naturally for many Fijians. Most rugby players took years to build up their career in the sport.
25 May 2018 10:47
Tawake Never Gives Up On Rugby
Sevuloni Tawake (right). Photo: Karalaini Tavi

 

Sevuloni Tawake is one of the great examples of how rugby comes naturally for many Fijians.

Most rugby players took years to build up their career in the sport.

But for Tawake, who never once played rugby in primary or high school, began when he attended the Fiji Maritime Academy at the Fiji National University in 2012.

The 24-year old joined the Marist Rugby Club not knowing that one day he will represent his country not only as a Fijian Warrior but to be a part of the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s squad.

Tawake said despite not being able to attend prominent schools that are known for rugby, he never gave up.

“My parents are farmers so they were not fortunate enough to send me to a school famous in producing rugby players. So I went to our local village school, Sigatoka Valley Methodist School,” Tawake said.

“This did not stop me from wanting to play rugby. I joined the Marist Rugby Club and from them I was able to start taking the sport seriously.”

The Mavua, Nadroga native then joined the Wardens team in 2014 and was able to be recruited as a Fiji Corrections Service officer.

In 2016, Tawake was named to be part of the 32-member squad for Dubai 7s and later in 2017 he made it to the Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors side as a flanker.

Tawake returned to play for Namosi last year, but he had one goal and that is to be a part of the BLK Nadroga side.

This all became reality last month when he was named in the Nadroga team.

“It is always my dream to join the Nadroga team, one thing which sets them apart from the rest is the discipline and game structure,” he said.

“Now that I have, one thing I have learnt is giving up is never an option. Though I was not able to have the resources needed for rugby while growing up, I still found my way to learn how to better my rugby.”

Tawake currently plays for the Nadroga team as their openside flanker.  The Stallions face Namosi at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka tomorrow.

Edited by Osea Bola

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