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Tongan Affair

I’ve four cousins in the team. I’m used to play against my countrymen, says prop Campese Ma’afu Fiji Airways Flying Fijians prop Campese Ma’afu will be playing against four of
23 Jun 2018 14:13
Tongan Affair
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians prop Ma’afu Campese during training at Churchill Park in Lautoka on June 22, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

I’ve four cousins in the team. I’m used to play against my countrymen, says prop Campese Ma’afu

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians prop Campese Ma’afu will be playing against four of his cousins at Churchill Park, Lautoka today.

And he is ready to battle his countrymen in the final match of the 2018 June Test Series.

“We have played against them so many times and we know what to expect from my countrymen. It is going to be a pretty good battle upfront,” Ma’afu said.

He is one of the three Ma’afu brothers representing three different countries.

With their mother from Tavuki, Kadavu, his older brother Salesi played for the Wallabies and younger brother Apakuki featured for Tonga.

He made his debut for Fiji on June 5, 2010 against the Wallabies where he played at loosehead and Salesi played tighthead prop.

“The game is going to be exciting as I have four cousins playing for Tonga and I cannot wait to play against them,”he said.

He is relishing the challenge against the Tongan strong men led by Racing 92 prop Ben Tameifuna.

“We are always looking forward to the challenge against our island neighbours and it is going to be tough but we just got to stick to our plan and everything should be all right,” he said.

 

NAKARAWA VOWS BEST

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians lock forward Leone Nakarawa aims to make a mark in the final June Test clash.

“It has been a while since I last played here and I am looking forward to do my best for the team and for the people of Fiji,” Nakarawa said.

The towering 1.98m lock is aware of the physicality the Tongan pack possesses but believes their forward pack would be able to get the job done.

He became the first Fijian to be awarded the 2018 European Rugby Player of the Year and was also a member of the Ben Ryan- coached 7s team that won the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

But Nakarawa said that is all part of history and the focus is beating Tonga today.

“It will be physical but we are looking forward to it.”

The match kicks off at 3pm.

Edited by Osea Bola

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