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Can’t Keep Ledua Down

He is one of the fearless frontrowers playing in the 2018 Skipper Cup Premiership. Stocky 32-year-old, Sireli Ledua is a man that leads from the front and he always demands
04 Jun 2018 09:59
Can’t Keep Ledua Down
Suva rugby captain Sireli Ledua after their 18-8 win over Rewa in the Skipper Cup Premiership at Bidesi Park, Suva on June 2, 2018. Photo: Karalaini Tavi

He is one of the fearless frontrowers playing in the 2018 Skipper Cup Premiership.

Stocky 32-year-old, Sireli Ledua is a man that leads from the front and he always demands the best from his players.

Leading Suva in the Skipper Cup Premiership is nothing new to him. Ledua also captained Northland and the Fijian Warriors in 2015 during the World Rugby Pacific Challenge where they finished second behind the Argentinean Pampas XVs.

Looking back at his rugby journey, the tough hooker turned prop shared how he opted to switch schools for the sake of the sport.

The Moala, Lau native said, over the years his plans were not what he expected it would be but he managed to work his way back up.

“I went to Jai Narayan College but since there was no rugby team at the school, I switched to Nabua Secondary School,” he said.

“Form there I represented the Fijian under-18 team and later the Fijian under-21.

“In 2005 I was recruited in the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) to be an officer cadet but unfortunately I did not make it through.

“The RFMF drew me in as a regular force and I was able to work my way up. “I had bigger plans, so the RFMF sent me to attend courses locally and overseas as well.”

Ledua was then promoted to Staff Sergeant and is now an instructor at the Forces Training Group.

He added that one of his toughest challenges was trying to balance work and rugby but as captain of the Suva side he had to lead by example.

“Being a captain is not an individual role, it is a team role. You have to stick with the team and get their ideas in order for the team to function,” Ledua added.

“This is my first year playing for Suva in the Skipper Cup and the main challenge over the years is work. Being a rugby player and add on work is not easy, we have to focus on both sides.

“As a rugby player work commitment and dedication to your duty on and off the field, you have to do your part as a player.”

He said most players in the Suva squad face similar challenges as they are either working or studying at tertiary level but it is something they are used to.

At the end of the sixth round of competition, Suva are leading the points table after beating Rewa 18-8 at Bidesi Park, last Saturday.

As of now, that’s water under the bridge for Ledua’s brigade as they prepare to take on Nadi in the final round of competition to determine their position in the semifinal.
– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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