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Taqele Naiyaravoro: Give Me A Chance

After playing for the Wallabies twice, he has already served a three-year stand down period as required by World Rugby.
13 Dec 2019 19:29
Taqele Naiyaravoro: Give Me A Chance
Taqele Naiyaravoro.

Taqele Naiyaravoro is a proud Fijian.

But there are those who doubt his loyalty especially after opting to play for the Wallabies making him ineligible to play for his country of birth.

But the Yasawa native remained faithful for the cause even if takes time to don the white jersey for Fiji.

After playing for the Wallabies twice, he has already served a three-year stand down period as required by World Rugby.

The move could see the former Wallaby powerhouse into the Flying Fijians fold towards the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

Last year, he could have been considered for 2019 RWC had he played a game for the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team at the London Sevens to make him eligible.

But it was a risk coach Gareth was not prepared to take in his quest to win the 2018-19 World Sevens Series.

“It is very simple, all they have to do is let me play in one of the seven series so I can be eligible to play for Fiji in the 15s code and the RWC. It’s just the same process that Jarryd Hayne went through,” he said.

“If the opportunity is available, I’ll always put my hands up for Fiji, this is my childhood dream to don the famous white jersey,”Naiyaravoro said.

“My objective is to play for Fiji, I played for the Wallabies but it’s not fulfilling than playing for Fiji.”

Playing for the Northampton Saints in Premiership Rugby in England, Naiyaravoro said the club is supportive of the move.

“My club has given me the opportunity to play for Fiji so right now I’m just waiting for Fiji Rugby Union to make the much awaited move, if Baber gives me an opportunity I’ll take it.

“We’ve been talking and I’m still waiting for response from the FRU.”

The Northampton Saints winger added that playing for Fiji is more than just putting on a white jersey on a rugby pitch.

“It’s about representing my family, my brothers, my sisters, my Mum and dad are all still in Fiji. It’s like returning to my roots and setting examples, standards for my fellow players back in the village.”

Naiyaravoro hopes to get the call from FRU to fulfill his dreams of playing for Fiji.

“I need to improve my game and wait for that opportunity to represent Fiji.

“I hope I could make it into the seven teams and play a test match for the Flying Fijians so I can show my worth and my passion playing for my country.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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