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From Cane Cutter To Flying Fijians

It was a proud moment for France- based back Sevanaia Galala after making his Test debut for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians at the Pacific Nations Cup at the ANZ
10 Jun 2018 11:49
From Cane Cutter To Flying Fijians
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians backs Vereniki Goneva (left) and Sevanaia Galala after the clash against Samoa at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on June 9,2018 Photo: Simione Haravanua.

It was a proud moment for France- based back Sevanaia Galala after making his Test debut for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians at the Pacific Nations Cup at the ANZ Stadium, Suva yester­day.

The Malolo, Nadi, native who plays for Brive in the French Top 14 competition formed a formida­ble centre partnership with Jale Vatubua to beat Samoa 24-22.

The 25-year-old told SUNsports that his dream of making it to next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan is now materialising.

“Rugby is the only game we play in school and in the village,” Gala­la said.

“Now I have joined the fifteens side, this is a perfect time to show what I have learned over the years. I was supposed to make my Test debut last year in June but unfortunately I had to undergo surgery.

“I’m thankful for the divine help which enabled me to grow as a rugby player. I want to thank the Lord for assisting me in my rug­by career since I was a little boy. “This is a big stepping stone in my life.”

Galala said he needs to improve on his fitness this week. He also represented the Fijian Under-20 in 2012 and 2013 at the Junior World Championship in South Africa, and also in another tournament in France.

Galala said for young people who like to pursue a career in rugby it’s about following your heart and never stop believing in your­self.

“There are five important things for living a successful and fulfill­ing life. Never stop dreaming, nev­er stop believing, never give-up, never stop trying and never stop learning,” he continued on.

“This being said, I dropped out at school at the age of 17 and worked as a cane cutter in the West for a year then I decided to return to school and continue my studies.

“I went back to school, took part in the under-18 local rugby tour­nament in Nadi, and played for Pacific Institute of Technology previously known as New Zealand Pacific Training Centre.

“This was where I was spotted by the Correze club and was recruit­ed in 2011 by Brive, when I was 18-years-old and I never looked back,” Galala added.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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