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Fiji vs Wales: A Divided 80 Minutes For Manaseitava Family

"It could happen again, watching Fiji last week, they are quite dangerous, it is a worry, but Wales are in top form so I think it's going to be a good game,"
09 Oct 2019 13:25
Fiji vs Wales: A Divided 80 Minutes For  Manaseitava Family
Emma and Tevita Manaseitava will be divided for 80 minutes. Photo: BBC

When the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians takes on Wales tonight, most Fijians will anticipate a repeat of 2007.

For the Manaseitava household, it will be a divided 80 minutes for couple, Emma and Tevita.

The couple live in Wales.

Emma is of Welsh nationality while her husband Tevita was born and bred in Fiji, a BBC report said.

The Fijian captain, Dominiko Waqaniburotu is a relative.

Even their 15-year-old son who is named after Tevita’s brother, Dominiko’s loyalties are divided.

It is Fiji all the way for the couple’s son, young Dominiko.

“Wales are gonna win, part of me for Dom wants Fiji to come out on top, but my heart is Wales,” says Emma.

“He’s actually Welsh speaking, Welsh through and through. His Fiji flag is hanging out the window, his shirt will be on and I think for bragging rights in school he’s hoping Fiji will come out on top.”

However, husband Tevita’s head and heart say Fiji will win.

“My heart says Fiji and, my head says Fiji,” Tevita laughingly added.

The coach for Pyle Rugby Club, Tevita moved to Wales in the 1980s to play for the team where he is now the coach.
“I think both camps are nervous. It is a big game for both teams, Wales will be on a defensive to try and win all the pool games, Fiji will be attacking more,” Tevita said.

“It will be a good game – both teams you could say have nothing to lose, but Fiji need to do more to get the game under their hat.”

“It could happen again, watching Fiji last week, they are quite dangerous, it is a worry, but Wales are in top form so I think it’s going to be a good game,” Emma said.

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