Olympics Next For Suva’s Best

“I’m hoping to make it to the Olympics next year, as it comes once in four years.
24 Dec 2020 14:44
Olympics Next For Suva’s Best
Suva’s player of the season, Taniela Sadrugu, and his Mum, Siteri Sadrugu, during the Suva Rugby Union’s awards night at Albert Park, Suva on December 22, 2020. Photo: Sereana Salalo

Ram Sami Suva’s 2020 debutant,Taniela Sadrugu, was awarded Suva’s player of the season during their awards night on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old, Wailevu, Macuata, native said being singled out was a pleasant surprise.

And he targets to make the Tokyo Olympics teaming up World Rugby 7s Players of the Decade Seremaia Tuwai’s FDS Barbarian Brothers in the Super Sevens Series next month.

Sadrugu who started on the bench in Suva’s first game against Nadroga at Lawaqa Park, played 14 games for Suva this season. He only missed two games.

He acknowledged his family for their continuous support throughout his rugby career and especially to his mother, Siteri Sadrugu.

“My Mum has not only been here from this season, she has been there since day one, throughout my Milo Kaji career and to the Deans competition. She has been there every day.

“She is like my nurse, my coach, she is my everything.”

The former Ratu Kadavulevu School student, was grateful to the Suva Rugby Union for molding him to the player he was this season.

He indicated that this was a learning journey for him.

“No, I did not expect this. I just gave my best this year, but did not expect any award or anything like this, I just gave it my all,” Sadrugu said.

“I want to dedicate this award to my family, they are the backbone of my rugby this year, they supported me in everything.

“This year was a great season, to be part of the team that defended the Skipper Cup Premiership again for three years, was really a very good experience.

“I would like to thank the Almighty, for all HE has done for me.

“I would also like to thank the Suva team officials, head coach, Sakaraia Labalaba, Jope Tuikabe, Saiasi Fuli for moulding me to be the player that I am today.

“I thank the senior players, for their leadership. I have learnt so much this year, from the games, training, and being together every day.”

In an earlier interview, Sadrugu indicated that his former coach, Nacanieli Saumi, also plays a major role in his rugby career. He also provides his training programmes besides the Suva team.

7s Prep

Sadrugu is also one of the players under national sevens coach, Gareth Baber’s radar for the Tokyo Olympics.

He is a member of the national 7s training squad and will be playing for Seremaia Tuwai’s FDS Barbarian Brothers side in the Super Sevens Series in January.

“Preparing for the 7s series, will affect my 15s preparation with the Suva side.

“I’m hoping to make it to the Olympics next year, as it comes once in four years.

“Being in the Flying Fijians will be a bonus goal for me.

“But right now, I want to make it to the Olympics squad.”




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