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Flying Fijians, Manasa Saulo Is No Quitter

I’ve married my sweetheart Kelera and I’m blessed to have her. I’m happy and this is the most important day of my life.
27 Oct 2019 14:42
Flying Fijians, Manasa Saulo Is No Quitter
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians prop Manasa Saulo with his wife Kelera during their wedding at the Tamavua Methodist Church in Suva on October 26,2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians tighthead prop Manasa Saulo is no quitter.

Speaking to SUNsports during his wedding in Tamavua Village, Suva, yesterday, Saulo said he has set his eyes on the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

“I’ve no retirement plans,” the 30-year-old said as he has signed-up with French club Agen and will play in the Top 14 competition.

“I’ve married my sweetheart Kelera and I’m blessed to have her. I’m happy and this is the most important day of my life.”

Kelera hails from Lomaloma in Vanuabalavu, Lau, and Saulo highlighted that they are now embarking on a new journey in life.

“I will try and treasure every moment of it by spending it with my wife. We have been dating for a while now and to finally tie the knot is a blessing to us as a couple.”

“Family support has been wonderful to us. It’s something I hold close to my heart, my wedding today means a lot.”

Saulo who played at the recent World Cup in Japan is now going to be without his loose head partner Campese Ma’afu who had announced his retirement from international rugby after their 29-17 loss to Wales at the Oita Stadium in Japan.

Saulo and Ma’afu received a lot of accolades during the 2015 World Cup when they anchored the Flying Fijians scrum that held its own against Tier 1 nations like Australia, England and Wales.

They were also at prop when the Flying Fijians beat France 21-14 at Stade de France in Paris, last November.

Saulo had been playing for London Irish since 2017 before his contract expired and was approached by Agen.

The former Suva rep said he’s returning to his club to continue with his club commitment.

“I will soon return to settle down with my new club but at the same time I’ll prepare myself for the 2023 world cup.

“It is very important to stay fit and be consistent since there are a lot of young players coming through the system and they’ll provide a huge challenge.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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