SPORTS

Mataele To Wed Before Test Debut, Says Dad

Newly selected Flying Fijians winger Manasa Mataele is set to get married before playing his first Test debut against the All Blacks in New Zealand next month.
17 Jun 2021 18:01
Mataele To Wed Before Test Debut, Says Dad
Nacanieli Mataele with his twin sons Samisoni (front), Nacanieli Jnr and daughter Rosi in Raiwai, Suva, on June 16, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Newly selected Flying Fijians winger Manasa Mataele is set to get married before playing his first Test debut against the All Blacks in New Zealand next month.

This was revealed to SUNsports yesterday by his dad Nacanieli Mataele, who indicated that they are proud of his selection to represent Fiji.

“This is because he is the first in the family and the third rugby player from the island of Vanuavatu (in Lau) to represent Fiji,” Nacanieli said.

“One thing I’ve noticed with Manasa, is that he is quiet and hardworking. He always listen to our advice.

“My son, is a humble person and I believe that one value has taken him that far in his rugby career. Whatever, we tell him he listens even when he is here in Raiwai.”

 

Tough neighbourhood

Nacanieli said, his son was raised in a tough neighbourhood, but   what kept him going was through strong Biblical teachings which was based on family morales.

“That shaped Manasa’s life to be a better person. His character and attitude have really shaped his rugby career and made him achieve his goals in life.

“When he was here with us he hardly gets involved in naughty things and even when he went to New Zealand.

“We told him to stick to that values we had taught him, we reminded him to pray and prepare himself one hour before the game to show the coaches that he wants to play rugby.

“His game and training day attitude should be at top notch.”

Nacanieli said, Manasa is following the footsteps of his two uncles who have played for the Flying Fijians.

Prop Big Bill Cavubati who also played for the Wellington Hurricanes and lock Tevita Cavubati, who played at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

“There were some discussions between us for him to play hard and represent the All Blacks but unfortunately that didn’t go his way. So we told him to take whatever that comes first.

“So he chose to play for his country.”

 

Nothing is impossible

Nacanieli said it was unfortunate that he won’t attend Mataele’s wedding and Test debut against the All Blacks due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

“He (Manasa) planned his wedding for next month so we were planning to over to New Zealand.

“Our plan was if he was selected we will go down for the wedding and watch him play in his Test debut, but now we are not going now since the border is still closed.”

Nacanieli wished Mataele all the best on his wedding day.

“May God bless you on whatever path you’re on at the moment!

“All the best in your debut son, play hard and always put God first, play for your family, friends here in Raiwai and your old boys at Marist Brothers High School.

“Nothing is impossible in life, you can achieve it if you focus on it.”

Feedbacksimione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj

 



FS JAB DRIVE


Get updates from the Fiji Sun, handpicked and delivered to your inbox.


By entering your email address you're giving us permission to send you news and offers. You can opt-out at any time.


Total
Covid 19 - SPC
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper