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Rugby World Cup Next: Albert Tuisue

Tuisue is equally comfortable play­ing as a flanker or lock forward and his versatility is proving to be a real asset for the team.
22 Apr 2019 15:20
Rugby World Cup Next: Albert Tuisue
London Irish Exiles flanker Albert Tuisue

London Irish forward Albert Tuisue says he was delighted to have clinched promotion in his first season with the club but re­mained focussed on featuring at the Rugby World Cup.

Tuisue and teammate Alivereti Vei­tokani scored a try each on Saturday as the Exiles beat Richmond 46-7 to secure a return to England’s top di­vision, the Gallagher Premiership Rugby.

Playing at blindside flanker, the Lo­manikoro, Nakasaleka, Kadavu, na­tive scored his second try in as many matches, marking an upturn in form since signing for the London club in January.

The 25-year-old says he was looking forward to facing the Fijian players in the premiership, namely North­ampton Saints’ Api Ratuniyarawa, Leicester Tigers’ Campese Ma’afu and Harlequins’ Semi Kunatani.

“Clinching promotion really meant a lot to Alivereti and I because we set a goal at the beginning of the season to play in the Premiership and we have achieved that,” he told SUN­sports from London.

“I want to thank the Lord and my family in Fiji for their love and sup­port, especially my wife who is preg­nant with our baby girl.”

The forward’s improved form has seen him become a regular name on the Exiles’ team sheet.

Tuisue is equally comfortable play­ing as a flanker or lock forward and his versatility is proving to be a real asset for the team.

“I think my improving performance is down to my personal experience and sacrifice, and the determination I have on and off the field,” he said.

“I want to keep improving and working hard because I have set the personal goal of making the RWC squad which is full of great players.”

Tuisue and Veitokani’s rise to Pre­miership Rugby has come one year after the duo first emerged with the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua side.

Their rapid growth since then high­lights the importance of the Drua set-up in developing Fijian rugby.

The Drua has been a treasure trove of talent since its inception in 2017, producing players like Frank Loma­ni, Eroni Mawi, Mosese Voka, Mesu­lame Dolokoto, Luke Tagi and more.

“Fiji is a small nation but through rugby it can conquer the world,” Tu­isue said.

“What we have achieved with the Drua has set the standard for all Fijian players and I think we have enough quality on the island to win the World Cup.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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