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Taqele Naiyaravoro: My Focus Is On Fiji

“My intentions for representing Fiji never died and three years ago I made that decision to play for Fiji, so please don’t think it’s a last minute thing because I had to follow the World Rugby rule of a three-year stand down from international games in order to be able to even be eligible for Fiji. This whole process wasn’t built overnight.
13 May 2019 13:47
Taqele Naiyaravoro: My Focus Is On Fiji
Former Wallaby Taqele Naiyaravoro.

Former Wallaby Taqele Naiyaravoro is not giving up as he aims to be a Fiji Airways Flying Fijian in future.

The 27-year old etched his plan to play for his home country after being dropped by the Wallabies three years ago.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee confirmed Taqele needs to play for Fiji at the London or Paris leg of the 2018-19 World Sevens Series later this month to be eligible.

The Yasawa native knows the decision to include him in the team would be tough for Fiji Airways Fijians 7s coach Gareth Baber who needs to win both tournaments to win the series title.

GIVING LOCALS A CHANCE

He cleared the air through his Facebook post on Saturday night.

“Yes its mere impossible for me to make the cut for 7s at this stage. Yes. like some of you said it’s too late and the 7s team has to win the title. A lot is riding on the last two tournaments, so for that I believe God’s timing is the best timing.”

He even went on further in clarifying this stance of representing the Wallabies in 2015.

“For representing the Wallabies I don’t regret it.

Honestly because as a teenager I’ve always had a dream of playing for Fiji. Never have I thought that I would get interest from the Wallabies. It was a dream I never had. So I pursued it and I’m glad that

I’ve actually got to be part of that team.

“Yes. some may say that I turned my back to Fiji, but it isn’t the full story because my first thought to not play for Fiji was because I wanted to give our local players a chance. And it wasn’t easy; it hurt me in a way because there is no other feeling like representing your country of birth.

“My intentions for representing Fiji never died and three years ago I made that decision to play for Fiji, so please don’t think it’s a last minute thing because I had to follow the World Rugby rule of a three-year stand down from international games in order to be able to even be eligible for Fiji. This whole process wasn’t built overnight.

“I’m not seeking for approval from any of you I’m just making it clear that decision in the past I’ve made was for a reason and the last thing I wanted was to be labelled as someone who turned their back on their country or chased the money. Money can’t buy happiness nor replace that feeling of donning the Fiji jersey.

“But yes I understand that there is so much quality players already in the Flying Fijians but it would be an honour to be able to share the field with them,” the former Suva Grammar School student said.

He represented West Tigers in the NRL from 2012-2013. He represented Greater Sydney Rams, Glasgow Warriors, Panasonic Wild Knights, Waratahs and now the Northampton Saints in Premiership Rugby in England.

Edited by Osea Bola

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