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Sauvoli Clinches Super Rugby Mode

Burly Timoci Sauvoli has come a long away to be where he is today: being part of the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua squad for Super Rugby Pacific.
26 May 2022 12:20
Sauvoli Clinches Super Rugby Mode
Rugby >INSIDE Swire Shipping Fijian Drua rep Timoci Sauvoli.

Burly Timoci Sauvoli has come a long away to be where he is today: being part of the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua squad for Super Rugby Pacific.

He is from Daviqele, Nabukelevu, Kadavu, and has maternal links to Rakiraki, Yale, in Kadavu.

“After Year 11 at Richmond High School in Kadavu, I asked my fa­ther to attend a school in Viti Levu, so that I can play in the Deans Rug­by competition,” Sauvoli said.

“That was way back in 2009. I at­tended Sila Secondary the follow­ing year. I had a relative living at Nadroumai in Nadroga. That was my passport to playing rugby,” he said.

“It was a red zone for me as they were my “tauvu”. From my rela­tive’s house, I moved to Esala Nau­ga’s house. That was Garden of Eden: the beginning of re­ality. I played for Tov­olea, the village team.

Prop Sau­voli, 30, then moved to Nayawa Vil­lage, where he featured for the Po­lice RC. He joined Fiji Police Force in 2016, and got recruited in 2019.

He made his debut for the Na­droga Rugby team in 2014. He only missed the 2016 season because he moved to New Zealand to play for the Northern Sharks in the North­land Rugby Competition.

“Rugby has taken me to some plac­es that I never thought I’d reach,” he said.

“Being part of the Super Rugby has helped me understand the game at another level.

“The pace is fast and the finishing part is very high compared to the Skipper Cup.

“Super Rugby Pacific is an open­ing every Fijian should be gunning for now. When a chance like this is given to you, grab it with both hands.

“God answers prayers. For me, Daviqele is about 127 kilometres from Nadroga, but I was deter­mined that regardless of what came my way, I always made sure I worked hard.

“There has been some offers; I just need to familiarise myself in the Super Rugby environment, this is a good platform for more exposure under good leadership and man­agement.”

Of the 13 Fijian Drua matches played so far, Sauvoli is likely to play his seventh Super Rugby match this Saturday. The Fijian Drua take on Chiefs at 3pm at Churchill Park, Lautoka.

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