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Osea Bola: Learn From Fellow Countrymen

They didn’t have a perfect season but continue to hit the spotlight for being humble and performance-driven for their respective teams
16 Nov 2019 16:51
Osea Bola: Learn From Fellow Countrymen
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Eroni Mawi (fourth from left), Osea Waqa (fifth from left) and Mosese Voka (sixth from left) with Fijian fans in London on November 14, 2019. Photo: FRU Media

Analysis:

Our new crop of Fiji Airways Flying Fijians will take on the Barbarians at Twickenham, London tomorrow.

They are our future and they need to breathe life back into our game after we fell short of our intended target at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

And they don’t have to look far and wide for inspiration but to their fellow countrymen playing abroad.

They also didn’t have a perfect season but continue to hit the spotlight for being humble and performance-driven for their respective teams

Former All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo and Wallabies teammates Samu Kerevi and Marika Koroibete are providing good and comforting tidings as the season draws to a close.

 

‘Water Boy’ Naholo

All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo. Photo: Zimbio

All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo. Photo: Zimbio

Not wanted by the All Blacks for RWC, Naholo is an instant hit since teaming up with the London Irish Exiles early this month.

With England coach Eddie Jones among those on the grandstand at the Madejski Stadium. the Nadroumai, Nadroga native wowed the crowd in his Gallagher Premiership  Rugby debut scoring a try last weekend.

But it was not his performance only in the 36-11 bonus-point win over Leicester Tigers that impressed Exiles head coach Les Kiss.

But providing a mentoring role for young players in the squad during training.

Kiss told Rugby Pass: “Waisake has been very good for the young guys but I don’t want them to be in awe of him. The first couple of training sessions after Waisake arrived he was carrying water out talking to the youngsters and has a natural way of putting himself into conversations. Their ears prick up when he is talking but I don’t want those young guys to step back and wait to see what Waisake can do, I want them to show him what they can do. “What impressed me was Waisake knew the boys’ names when he arrived and has a keen interest in how he can help them. If I was those young guys I would be lapping it up and he is generous with his views and time.”

 

Wallaby Top Pick


On Thursday Koroibete became the first winger, first Rebel, and first Fijian to win the John Eales Medal for being the top Wallaby in 2019 during Rugby Australia Awards.

The Naraiyawa, Namosi native stunning form at the RWC allowed him to poll 200 votes from his Wallabies teammates, 50 clear of second-placed Samu Kerevi.

 

Kerevi Super Choice

Samu Kerevi attacks for the Queensland Reds.

Samu Kerevi attacks for the Queensland Reds.

Veiseisei, Vuda, Ba native Kerevi was named Super Rugby player of 2019.

He also became the first Fijian to the vice-captain of the Wallabies at the RWC.

Both Koroibete and Kerevi scored in the 39-21 win over Fiji and remain humbled and composed.

This should be a lesson to our young Flying Fijians as they can reach for the stars starting at Twickenham tomorrow.

But they need to learn from their countrymen who have played with the best and continue to wow the world of rugby with their performance.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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