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World Cup Focus For Tudravu

It’s just unreal playing with NRL stars during the World Nines competition. And now I’ve another opportunity to make it to the RLWC"- Maika Tudravu
25 Dec 2020 09:46
World Cup Focus For Tudravu
Maika Tudravu scores for Fiji against Samoa during the World Nines in Sydney on October 18, 2019. Photo: World Nines

After stamping his mark on the 2019 World Nines tournament in Australia, Maika Tudravu aims to play at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.

The Sese, Saqani Vanua Levu native was excited after finding being included in the Rugby League World Cup extended squad by Vodafone Fijian Bati head coach Josaia Rabele.

He currently plays for the Central Queensland Capras in the Intrust Super Cup competition in Australia.

Speaking to SUNsports from his Gracemere residence in Queensland, Australia, Tudravu said being called up to be part of the Fijian Bati squad was a blessing.

“It’s all about opportunity that comes my way and right now I can’t describe how happy I’m feeling right now,” he said.

“Apart from playing for an NRL team, I also want to represent Fiji in future.

“If given the opportunity to play at the RLWC, I will make my family and country proud.

“I want to thank my family, especially my mother for always supporting me and also my partner who has always been encouraging me to achieve my goals.

“I will be training with the best players such as Maika Sivo, Viliame Kikau and Apisai Koroisau.

“I came back from training and was eager to find out on Facebook that I’ve been included.

“It has been a long and tough journey for me since I switched from rugby union to rugby league.

“It’s just unreal playing with NRL stars during the World Nines competition. And now I have another opportunity to make it to the RLWC.

“I’m so excited to be part of this environment once again and train with the NRL stars and to learn from them.

“The funny thing was on a Saturdays back in Fiji I’d always make sure that games don’t clash as I play rugby league in the morning then union in the evening.

“Looking back, it’s funny to think about it but now I have made it, and I’m so thankful to God for all his provision and guidance and the hard work has paid off.”

The 29-year-old believes with his blistering speed and hard running, he will give his all for the World Cup.

“I’ve been playing rugby all my life. I started playing rugby league last year so the switch would not be that hard because I know the game inside out,” he said.

“I believe I’m fast so I would like to use it in sevens because with a lot space anything can happen when you have speed to burn.”

“ I have always wanted this opportunity to train and learn from the best in the business so I just cant wait to head into camp with my Bati brothers.”

The World Nines tournament was an opportunity for the former Army Bears speedster to get the much needed experience with the big boys of rugby league.

“I was excited to play for the Bati and at the World Nines where I played against the best rugby league players in the world. It was a good exposure for me and a lot of learnings but the experience was something else to be playing in front of thousands of people. There was only one thing in my mind and that was to get the ball and score tries, which I did in all our games.

“I will try and repeat that in the RLWC so I can help my team and country.”

“To make it to the final squad it is going to be tough but I will have to do the small things right and stay composed and disciplined.”

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback: simione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj



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