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Big Lock Works On Fitness

Api Ratuniyarawa knows he will have to prove him­self during the 2018 Pacific Nations Cup as he set his sight on making the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Ratuniyarawa
10 Jun 2018 11:41
Big Lock Works On Fitness
Api Ratuniyarawa

Api Ratuniyarawa knows he will have to prove him­self during the 2018 Pacific Nations Cup as he set his sight on making the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Ratuniyarawa who plays for Northampton Saints alongside prop Campese Ma’afu, played for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

After the 24-22 win over Samoa yesterday, he said fitness is a key component and is something he is working hard on to maintain.

“It is always an honour to repre­sent your country and so the big­ger plan now is to be part of the World Cup team.

“I will have to concentrate on the next game and try to play well and stay fit not only in this tour­nament but also when I return to my club.

“I will also need to play well to be included in the team again in No­vember.”

The 31-year-old Nadroga native said they had to dig deep against Samoa.

Looking ahead, Ratuniyarawa says, playing Georgia will be an­other physical encounter so they will have to prepare well.

“The Samoans have always been a tough opponent to go up against so we had to fight to the end.

“We really had to dig deep today to get a win and I think they were coming for revenge after we beat them in Apia last year.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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