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Newborn Yasawa Lift U20 Title In Nausori

The Yasawa Islands are renowned for producing top rugby players. Players like Kaiava Salusalu, Sev­ens Rugby World Cup winner Jone Dau­nivucu, former All Blacks centre Seta Tamanivalu, burly ex- Wallabies
13 Jan 2019 10:19
Newborn Yasawa Lift U20 Title In Nausori
Newborn Yasawa Under-20 players celebrate the win at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori on January 12, 2019. Photo: Lagilagi Golea

The Yasawa Islands are renowned for producing top rugby players. Players like Kaiava Salusalu, Sev­ens Rugby World Cup winner Jone Dau­nivucu, former All Blacks centre Seta Tamanivalu, burly ex- Wallabies winger Taqele Naiyaravoro, powerhouse winger Eroni Sau, Fiji Airways Fijian Drua cap­tain Mosese Voka, Fijian 7s captain Ka­lione Nasoko and latest sensation Amini­asi Tuimaba.

The future looks bright after the New­born Yasawa side took out the Silverwa­ters Tabadamu 7s Under-20 title after they beat Sukulan Brothers 12-7 in the final at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yesterday.

Newborn Yasawa U20 manager Manasa Takala told SUNsports the reason behind their participation was to expose the abundance of talents they have.

“We selected players based on their po­tential and merit,” he said.

Talented players like Peni Soro, Maikeli Rokodinono and Serupepeli Bainivatu stood out.

Takala pointed out that they are now go­ing to compete in the open grade of the upcoming Vanuaso 7s tournament.

“Also, we are going to play in the Radradra 7s tournament in Taveuni where there is an under-20 competition as well,” he added.

The team on social media expressed their appreciation to Tuimaba for visiting them.

-Edited by Osea Bola

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