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Fiji 7s: Hong Kong On Tuivoka’s Mind

“I’m looking forward to Hong Kong and Singapore. I will train harder but to be honest the competition among the players is tough.”
14 Mar 2019 10:12
Fiji 7s: Hong Kong On Tuivoka’s Mind
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s wing Asaeli Tuivoka (second from left) at Nadi International Airport on March 13, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s utility Asaeli Tuivoka said he needs more game time in the HSBC World Sevens Series.

The Nakavika, Namosi native returned with the Gareth Baber-coached side after making his debut at the Canada 7s last weekend.

The 23-year-old admitted the long wait while being part of the extended squad has finally paid off.

“It was a good break after so many months being part of the extended squad,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to Hong Kong and Singapore. I will train harder but to be honest the competition among the players is tough.”

Tuivoka said he would love to play sevens rugby for some time now after he was part of the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua last season when they won the Australian National Rugby Champi­onship.

“I wish to continue playing sevens and my next aim is the Hong Kong 7s,” he added.

TABU’S EXPERIENCE

Another debutant, the Nukuilau, Noikoro in Navosa native Isoa Tabu said, he was happy to play alongside his brother Sevuloni Mocenacagi.

“It was one of my dreams,” Tabu said.

“The tournaments were good and it was really an eye-opener. I would hear stories from my brother during his tours but to have a feel of the white jumper on the field is just another story altogether.

“The competition within the team is tough and my aim for Hong Kong is to play more and try to be part of the core team,” Tabu said.

Baber said this was an opportunity for players to develop.

“Good to see the likes of Isoa playing in Vegas and also Asa coming through in Vancouver as well,” he said.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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