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Dream Come True For Maisamoa

Maisamoa said looking back there is a purpose behind everything that has happened to him.
15 Nov 2021 18:05
Dream Come True For Maisamoa
LAR Barbarians winger, Manueli Maisamoa tries to break through the Uluninakau defence during the Mobil Super 7s Series at ANZ Stadium, Suva on November 13, 2021. Photo: Pita Simpson

Farming was the only way for Manueli Maisamoa to fund his university studies and support his rugby career.

The Natewa, Cakaudrove native was among the 11 new players named in the Fiji Airways Fijian men’s 7s team to play in the opening leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series in Dubai, which is from November 27-28.

“Playing for Raiwasa Taveuni in the local sevens’ tournaments and then returning to the village to plant dalo and yaqona to help further my studies and buy my rugby boots are some of the things I will never forget,” he told SUNsports during the fourth Mobil Oil Super Sevens Series tournament.

“There were lots of challenges along the way especially staying away from home but I kept chasing my dreams. All the hard work has finally paid off for me and I will continue to push myself to the limit. It’s hard staying away from home and leaving with my family and relations. But that drove me to work hard to achieve my goals.”

Maisamoa has graduated from the Fiji National University with a Bachelor of Commerce and Accounting .

Now, he has made the cut to play in his first World Sevens Series tournament. 

“I’m honoured and blessed to be named in the team for Dubai,” he added. 

 “I’m ready and excited to play in Dubai but most importantly to fullfill my childhood dream of donning the Fiji rugby jersey.”

Maisamoa said looking back there is a purpose behind everything that has happened to him.  

“I believe God had plans for me to play alongside Seremaia (Jerry) Tuwai when I joined the LAR Barbarians. Probably we could build on our combination especially for these international tournaments. I believe my parent’s prayers and support have brought me this far and I thank God for their life.” 

Maisamoa said playing in the World Sevens Series could be very demanding so he needs to lift his game. 

“It is a totally different competition altogether so I need to be on par with it,” he said. 

“The pace and the intensity is high so I will have to work hard to play to the required standards.”

The other new players in the squad are Jeremaia Matana, Daniele Yaya, Iowane Teba, Iowane Raturaciri, Kaminieli Rasaku, Joseva Talacolo, Filipe Sauturaga, Tevita Dagunu, Panapasa Qeruqeru, Elia Canakaivata.

Dual Olympic gold medalist Jerry Tuwai will miss the Dubai tournament as he prepares for his traditional wedding ceremony which is set to take place next month. 

Interim coach Saiasi Fuli said they still have veterans like Josua Vakurinabili and Waisea Nacuqu in the squad. Vakurinabili is expected to captain the team to Dubai. 

“My task is to develop and bring in new players,” Fuli said.

“I’m confident that the new players selected are not new to the sport instead they are familiar with the sevens environment.” 

FIJIAN MEN’S 7S TEAM FOR DUBAI

  • Josua Vakurinabili (Warden), 
  • Joseva Talacolo (Police Blue),
  • Jeremaia Matana (Raiwasa Taveuni), 
  • Kavekini Tabu (LAR Barbarians), 
  • Elia Canakaivata (Army), 
  • Tevita Daugunu (Warden), 
  • Daniele Yaya (Raiwasa Taveuni),
  • Terio Tamani (Police Blue), 
  • Waisea Nacuqu (Police Blue), 
  • Kaminieli Rasaku (LAR Barbarians), 
  • Ioane Teba (Raiwasa Taveuni), 
  • Filipe Sauturaga (Police Blue),    
  • Manueli Maisamoa (LAR Barbarians),
  • Panapasa Qeruqeru (Stallions),
  • Ioane Raturaciri (Raiwasa Taveuni)

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