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Going For A Win

The 19-year-old who is originally from Kavala, Kadavu, said it was tough adapting to the Japanese style of play at the beginning.
14 Mar 2020 11:47
Going For A Win
Seta Naivaluwaqa. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Setareki Naivaluwaqa Tawake is a famous name when it’s comes to rugby in the country.

The former Flying Fijians flanker now based in Japan has contributed a lot to Fijian rugby, not only representing the national team in 15s but also in the 7s winning the Hong Kong Sevens title in 1998.

Continuing his legacy now is his son and namesake Naivaluwaqa Junior, who plays for Junior Japan in the World Rugby Pacific Championship.

The 19-year-old who is originally from Kavala, Kadavu, said it was tough adapting to the Japanese style of play at the beginning.

Naivaluwaqa added: “It was really difficult for me specially the language because I couldn’t speak Japanese.

“I slowly learned and adjusted myself into their system.

“I’m enjoying playing with them and we have a strong group,” he said.

The Tenri University Rugby Club player will feature at lock forward for the Junior Japan in their final clash against Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors.

“We trust each other and I know these players will give their best against the home side.

“It is going to be a hard game but we are going for a win against the Warriors” said Naivaluwaqa.

His father and other family members were cheering up from the grandstand when Junior Japan thumped Samoa A on Tuesday.

He hopes more supporters will turn up today when they face the Warriors.

Junior Japan face Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors at 3.30pm after the Samoa A-Tonga A match at 1pm.

The final match of the day will see the Fijian Latui battle it out against China Lions at 6.15pm.

Tickets cost $10 for grandstand, $5 adult embankment, $2 child embankment.

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