Seawolves Offer A Lifeline To Veteran Nadi Captain

“Thank you, Jesus! For this opportunity once again,” said the former Flying Fijians representatives.
15 May 2021 11:00
Seawolves Offer A Lifeline To Veteran Nadi Captain
Sevens maestro Waisale Serevi (left) with Naulia Dawai at Los Angeles International Airport in the United States of America on May 13, 2021.

Nadi rugby captain, Napolioni Naulia Dawai, has joined the Seattle Seawolves in this season’s Major Rugby League (MLR) competition in America.

The Narewa, Nadi, native who plays at number eight is hopeful of forcing his way into the Seawolves starting line-up.

“Thank you, Jesus! For this opportunity once again,” said the former Flying Fijians representatives.

Dawai added that he wants to lift his fitness level by doing more speed drills.

Sevens maestro Waisale Serevi encouraged Dawai at the Los Angeles airport to play to his best.

Playing for the Seawolves, Dawai will be under the watchful eye of interim head coach Pate Tuilevuka.

Tuilevuka, a former American rugby utility, has been given this job as part of the adjusted 2021 coaching roles and responsibilities for the remainder of the season.

He was born in Fiji and played for Brigham Young University in 2006, where he achieved the All-American honours.

Following his collegiate career with BYU, Tuilevuka moved to Ireland where he played for Galwegians RFC before he played for Old Puget Sound Beach.

He was a member of the 2012 Old Puget Sound Beach team that lost to New York Athletic Club RFC in the Super League final, having gone undefeated in the regular season.

Tuilevuka represented the USA from 2006 to 2010.

He achieved the last of his 10 caps with a win over Russia on June 5, 2010.

He was selected to tour with the USA Eagles for the autumn 2010 tour to Europe, where he played on the wing against the Scotland A side.

Balekana shines Furthermore, Houston SaberCats winger, Paula Balekana has been named in the MLR’s week eight GEICO XVs. He was instrumental at the wing despite his team’s 28-26 loss to the NOLA Gold. MLR correspondant Aaron Castro said,

“Balekana was a knife through butter on the attack for the SaberCats as he scored two tries from 15 carries for 189 metres, fiveline breaks, four tackle- breaks, and two offloads.

On defence, he completed five tackles.”

Balekana, a Fijian rugby union player, was named in the Sydney Rays squad in 2017 having represented Gordon RFC. In 2018-19 Pro14 and 2019-20 Pro14 seasons he played for Zebre.

Edited by Osea Bola


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