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10 Minutes Best Time

“Thank God I was given the oppor­tunity to do so and it will be a mo­ment I’ll never forget.
18 Dec 2020 13:30
10 Minutes Best Time
Fiji Airways Flying Fijian halfback Simione Kuruvoli shows his jersey after his debut game against Georgia at the Murrayfield Stadium in Scotland on December 6, 2020. Photo: Fiji Rugby

Playing 10 min­utes for the Fly­ing Fijians was a moment to cherish for Simione Kuruvoli.

The national half­back made the com­ments from his Novotel Hotel Room in Nadi yesterday where he is cur­rently on quarantine with some of his teammates after returning from Europe after the Autumn Nations Cup comp.

The Nabouwalu, Ono, Kadavu na­tive made his debut for the Flying Fijians in the 38-24 win over Georgia at Murrayfield, Scotland on Decem­ber 6.

“I never dreamt that one day I will be called up to play for the Flying Fi­jians,” said Kuruvoli.

“I was very emotional when I was told to go.

“I looked back at all those times I’ve been working so hard for this special moment.

“I quickly switched on and told my­self that I have this one opportunity to show the world and my coaches what I’m capable of.

“I was a bit scared and nervous at the same time as it was my first game playing test rugby. Standing on the sideline, I could recall the words of encouragement from senior players.

“They always reminded me to take it as it comes once in a while.

“During training here in Fiji and abroad there were a lot of things running through my mind about se­curing a spot in the team.

“ All those hardwork and hard yards have finally paid off now that i have come this far.

“ A lot of sacrifices was made by me personally and of course my family members who always supported me where ever i played.

“ I want to thank my family, espe­cially my mother for her endless support.

“Thank God I was given the oppor­tunity to do so and it will be a mo­ment I’ll never forget.

“Now I’m happy that I have achieved my goal and made my family proud.”

The 21-year old couldn’t believe his luck when head coach Vern Cotter called him to replace Frank Lomani.

“It was a magical moment for me to substitute my role model Lomani,” he said.

“I always look up to Frank as he is such a top halfback which means I’ve to lift my game to another level.”

“I remembered what the coaches used to tell me that I was the best in my position.

“I encouraged myself to keep push­ing myself to the limit and do the lit­tle things right.

“At the final whistle, I was satisfied as senior players congratulated me and fellow Fijians making their de­but.

“It was the best feeling ever to don the white jersey. It was always a childhood dream for me to wear the national jersey so at the final whistle I felt so happy and I want to thank the Lord for his provision in my rug­by career.

“We had to go through a lot since arriving in France due to the Covid -19 pandemic but I want to thank the senior players for their support.

“I’ve learned a lot of things while staying with team and experienced some new things.

“The experience of training with Nemani Nadolo, Semi Radradra and Lomani to name a few was a bless­ing.

“The senior players really taught me a lot of things that I believe will shape and mould my rugby career.

“Playing international rugby is a whole new ball game.

“A lot have been learned along the way that led me to my debut against Georgia and I want to thank the coaches for their loyal support and their trust in me to put on the white jersey.

“When our test against France was cancelled, we lost hope and request­ed the officials if we can return to Fiji.

“The senior players kept us going and reminded us that we should con­tinue to train together.

Club Contract

“At the moment I haven’t received any interest from clubs overseas but it’s not the end of the road. I will con­tinue to work hard and to impress national coaches and clubs.

RWC 2023

“We have Australia and Wales again in Pool C and I need to work hard and sharpen up my game to secure a spot at the next Rugby World Cup.”

“ I would definitely love to be part of the team for the next World Cup.”



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