Autumn Tests, Rise Of Dakuwaqa

Life has been a struggle for Daku­waqa, who once worked as a security guard at Nadi International Airport, before turning to rugby.
06 Nov 2021 12:57
Autumn Tests, Rise Of Dakuwaqa
Masivesi Dakuwaqa today plays for Montpellier in the French Top14, earning big money.

It will be an emotional moment for Masivesi Dakuwaqa when he makes his Test debut for the Flying Fijians in tomorrow morning’s clash against Spain in Madrid.

Life has been a struggle for Daku­waqa, who once worked as a security guard at Nadi International Airport, before turning to rugby.

And his sporting journey took off.

He was a member of the Fijian men’s rugby sevens team that won the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, had a short stint with the National Rugby League (NRL) club Canberra Raiders before joining Western Force for the Global Rapid Rise competition.

Today, Dakuwaqa plays for Montpel­lier in the French Top 14 competition after spending a season with Lyon.

He now earns more money compared to what he used to receive as a security guard.

Like many sons, who always wanted to impress their dads with their suc­cess, the same can be said for Daku­waqa.

“Even though my dad has passed away, I always wish he was still alive today,” Dakuwaqa told SUNsports from Madrid, Spain.

“But I’ll never forget my mum. She was always there advising me every step of the way. Also, I always remem­ber those who had helped me develop my game.

“Sadly, some have passed away, but I will never forget them. But most im­portantly my family back in Montpel­lier, they are my loyal supporters.”

Dakuwaqa is grateful to Fiji Rugby Union for giving him the chance to play for the Flying Fijians.

“I want to learn more from the Flying Fijians coaching staff during the three Test matches. Learning new things will make me a better player. I’ll play to my best,” he added.

Dakuwaqa had been a star attraction at the Top14 competition because of his ability to play in the forwards and backline both.

At the start of the Top 14 comp in September, he was playing flanker, but recently he was moved back to centre.

When asked by SUNsports of his pre­ferred position, Dakuwaqa said, “For me whatever position, they put me in I’m able to adjust myself. I play wing (No.11 or No.14), second five eight (No.12), centre (No.13), blindside flank­er (No.6) and open side flanker (No.7).”

While playing in France, he said the families of Watisoni Votu, Savenaca Rawaca and Josua Vici supported him, which he appreciates.

The journey taken by Dakuwaqa is an example of upcoming players show­ing that nothing is impossible.

“I always believe in hard work and putting God first in everything I do. For those players in Fiji, they must keep working hard and should always stay focused.

“A opening will definitely come, one must be ready to grab it with both hands and make use of it. They must not be double-minded.”

Dakuwaqa is on the reserve bench against Spain tomorrow morning.




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