‘It’s Naduvaco’

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s try-scoring winger has clarified to SUNsports on Wednesday night that his name is Vuiviawa Naduvaco.
22 Apr 2022 10:51
‘It’s Naduvaco’
From left: Fiji Airways Fijian 7s star winger Vuiviawa Naduvaco, Vaulinia Lewavini and Joeli Waqatabu at the Nadi International Airport. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s try-scoring winger has clarified to SUNsports on Wednesday night that his name is Vuiviawa Naduvaco.

“My surname was supposed to be Naduvaco but when my birth certificate was printed it came out Naduvalo, which is incorrect,” he said.

He said the mistake was made during the registering process of his birth certificate.

The 25-year-old played 12 matches HSBC World Sevens Series and scored 16 tries.

“I have learnt a lot before we head out to the next tournaments, I’ve to work on my defence, which has been my weakness.

“The competition is very tough. We will go back to camp next week and hope that I make the 14-member squad for the Toulouse leg.”

Naduvaco said playing alongside experienced campaigners like Jerry Tuwai, Josua Vakurunabili and Waisea Nacuqu, gave him the confidence to lift his game.

“Just looking at them brings a lot of confidence especially as a new player in the team. I have learnt a lot physically, mentally and spiritually, on how to work as a team and to gauge myself in the series.”

Forward Elia Canakaivata said they needed to up their tempo for the next leg.

“It is a chance to compete at a high level.

“All the teams are not easy even though we have beaten them in the last two tournaments,” he said.

The 25-year-old soldier played 23 matches since making his debut. He has scored five tries.

Talacolo, Nacuqu to rest

Meanwhile, lanky forward Joseva Talacolo and playmaker Waisea Nacuqu will be out for two weeks because of injuries.

This was confirmed by captain, Tevita Daugunu, indicating that Talacolo was recovering from a lower back injury while Nacuqu suffered a hamstring.

“They should be ready for Toulouse,” Daugunu said as the team arrived at the Nadi International Airport on Wednesday night.

Daugunu believes they can do well in Toulouse as they are in Pool B alongside France, Wales and Kenya.

The Toulouse 7s is from May 20-22.

“We need to improve on our physical side. The other teams have big players who are fast and strong.

“There needs to be a lot of gym work,” he added.

“It was good to reach the Cup finals. We were unfortunate not to win in Vancouver. We are happy with the result since this was our first outing, with many new players.

“Also, I think the other main factor was the weather.

“It was very cold in Vancouver, and to reach the final was a very big achievement for us.”

Daugunu has played 27 matches in the series and scored three tries.

“It is an honour for me to lead the boys. Now, it is family time and next week we will regroup and build again for Toulouse.”

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