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Fijians Making Mark In Rugby 7s For Other Nations At The Pacific Games

It was amazing to see Fijians making their names for other teams for rugby 7s at the 2019 Pacific Games. Former St John’s College U18 coach and teacher Sefanaia Takape
13 Jul 2019 14:11
Fijians Making Mark In Rugby 7s For Other Nations At The Pacific Games
Coach Sefanaia Takape with his Nauru women’s team in Apia, Samoa on July 12, 2019. Photo: Anasilini Natoga

It was amazing to see Fijians making their names for other teams for rugby 7s at the 2019 Pacific Games.

Former St John’s College U18 coach and teacher Sefanaia Takape was one of the many Fijians assisting in for the development of rugby in the Pacific. Takape is the head coach for Nauru women’s 7s team.

He is not only a coach but is also a development officer for Nauru Rugby for two years.

“I want to thank Nauru Rugby for the appointment. I’m helping the Nauru 7s team, XV and also development officer for them,” Takape said.

The Natokalau, Matuku, Lau native’s talent was recognised in 2017 after helping St John’s College U18 team securing their spot in the Deans  quarterfinal for the first time.

“This is a great opportunity, good learning experience coaching a national side for the first time,” he added.

Wallis and Futuna Fijian duo

Patrick Rabuka and Sailosi Nawavu Junior are the two Fijian players in the Wallis and Futuna rugby 7s side.

The team played Fiji in their opening match and were thumped 51-0.

Rabuka who hails from Galoa, Serua has been in Wallis for four years and is participating in his first Pacific Games while Nawaka, Nadi native Nawavu is playing in his second Pacific Games.

It was an honour for the duo to play against their fellow countrymen.

“We always watch them on television winning the series but today was a different atmosphere as we play against them, it’s a blessing for us,” Rabuka said.

From Left; Patrick Rabuka and Sailosi Nawavu Junior in Apia, Samoa on July 12, 2019.  Photo: Anasilini  Natoga

From Left; Patrick Rabuka and Sailosi Nawavu Junior in Apia, Samoa on July 12, 2019. Photo: Anasilini Natoga

Former Fijiana XV boost American Samoa

Former Fijiana XV rep Taleacagi Likucevuga believes it’s a privilege to represent American Samoa and make Fiji proud.

She has been in the island for five years and is proud to participate in her first Pacific Games.

“This is a privilege for me to represent American Samoa and play in my first Pacific Games,” Likucevuga said.

Taleacagi Likucevuga with her American Samoa team. Photo: Anasilini  Natoga

Taleacagi Likucevuga with her American Samoa team. Photo: Anasilini Natoga

Edited by Osea Bola

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