Fijian Drua: Rise of Narekuva

His blistering speed has seen him scored a try that is now being nominated as NRC’s Try of the Year.
27 Sep 2019 17:03
Fijian Drua: Rise of Narekuva
Fijian Drua winger Nacanieli Narekuva with family members at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Promising Fiji Airways Fijian Drua winger Nacanieli Narekuva is enjoying the attention he is receiving while playing in the Australian National Rugby Championship.

His blistering speed has seen him scored a try that is now being nominated as NRC’s Try of the Year.

Not bad for a player whose amazing talent was first identified during the Nadroga Rugby Union’s franchise competition.

Narekuva departed yesterday with the Senirusi Seruvakula-coached side to face the Canberra Vikings in Australia tomorrow.

“This is my first season with the Drua and I’ve been enjoying it throughout,” he said.

Narekuva did not go through the Nadroga Rugby Union’s development programme. He was playing for Wai Stormers in the NRU franchise comp where he was spotted and was included into the Nadroga side.

“I didn’t play in the other age systems like the under-20. This is because I stayed home and earned some cash working with various film crew shooting movies near Momi Bay.

“I did my own training and then played for Wai and that allowed me to show what I had.

“I want to be a promising player as it is God’s plan but I did not dream to come this far. My aim was to get a contract.”

For Narekuva, rugby runs in his blood. His close relatives who made the national 7s team are robust winger Simione Saravanua and forward Asaeli Boko.

“I was born with this ear condition but that did not hold me back from anything to achieve in my career.”

Interestingly, the 23-year-old was born with Microtia, a congenital deformity where the pinna (external ear) is underdeveloped.

He is the second eldest of three siblings.

His dad Mosese Matanivai, 51 is proud of his son’s achievement in the sport.

“When my son was born I did ask why it happened,” he said.

“He once told me to get a surgery and get it fixed then I told him that it is God’s creation and it will not affect his life.

“He has a tough career ahead of him and I’ll support him follow his dream,” he added.

The match kicks-off at 2pm at Viking Park in Canberra, Australia.

Edited by Osea Bola


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