Skipper Cup

Former Stormer Naqelevuki Helps Naitasiri

Naqelevuki is the Naitasiri backline coach in this year’s Skipper Cup Premiership competition.
01 Aug 2020 10:25
Former Stormer Naqelevuki Helps Naitasiri
Sireli Naqelevuki.

 

Former Flying Fijians and Western Stormers centre Sireli Naqelevuki is helping train the Naitasiri backline for today’s crucial Skipper Cup clash against Nadi at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori

Naqelevuki is the Naitasiri backline coach in this year’s Skipper Cup Premiership competition.

Speaking to SUNsports, Naqelevuki believes it is time to give back to domestic rugby.

“It’s always good to come and give back to where it all started,” Naqelevuki said.

“We have been training for a few weeks now and the boys are looking good and are always ready to deliver.

“We have a lot of young talents that has been building their combination well.”

Naqelevuki played for the national sevens team that won the first World Sevens Series title in 2005/2006.

He played for Western Province in South Africa’s Currie Cup before he was selected for the Stormers that played in the Super Rugby competition.

Bring on Highlanders... Nadi lock forward Vilikesa Boletawa receives a pass from Kenneth Delai during training as they prepare to take on Naitasiri in today’s Skipper Cup Premiership clash at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Bring on Highlanders… Nadi lock forward Vilikesa Boletawa receives a pass from Kenneth Delai during training as they prepare to take on Naitasiri in today’s Skipper Cup Premiership clash at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Naitasiri rugby team manager Maciu Koroiqaqa is aware of the experience Naqelevuki has and acknowledged his presence.

“With his Super Rugby experience while playing for Stormers will surely boost the team’s attack variation,” he said.

“We always advice the boys to learn as much as they can from Sireli because he has played in the highest level of rugby.

“He has been assisting us for quite a while now and we’ve seen the difference in the players especially the backline.”

Koroiqaqa said they are blessed to have the services of Naqelevuki in the team

“We are ready for tomorrow’s game and the team have already done their homework from our game last week,” he said.

“Even though we have a few niggling injuries we are able to fill a balanced side for tomorrow’s game.”

Koroiqaqa said they are ready to give Nadi a good game.

“The boys are all fired up for the game against Nadi but we don’t want to repeat what happened last year when we lost.

“We respect Nadi they are a good team but the message is clear to the boys as we have to do the little things right.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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