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Yato To Nasove: No Room For The Weak

To wear the Flying Fijians No.7 jumper is for the brave and not the weak. These were words of France-based loose forward Peceli Yato to Rusiate Nasove after his selection for the July Test matches.
13 Jun 2022 16:15
Yato To Nasove: No Room For The Weak
Swire Shipping Fijian Drua openside flanker Rusiate Nasove bursts through the Rebels players during their Super Rugby Pacific clash at the AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia. Nasove was named in the Flying Fijians squad for the July Test matches against Samoa, Tonga and Australia A. Photo: Rugby News

To wear the Flying Fijians No.7 jumper is for the brave and not the weak. These were words of France-based loose forward Peceli Yato to Rusiate Nasove after his selec­tion for the July Test matches.

“Yato keeps telling me that wearing the number seven jersey is not for the faint-hearted,” Nasove told SUNsports. Yato and Nasove are cousins as they hail from the village of Narewa, Waico­ba in the province of Nadroga/Navosa.

Yato, who was renowned for his fear­less attitude plays for Clermont in the Top 14 competition. He was not selected due to injury.

Flying Fijians and Clermont loose forward Peceli Yato on the run during the French Top 14 clash. Yato is currently injured and missed selection for the July Tests.

Flying Fijians and Clermont loose forward Peceli Yato on the run during the French Top 14 clash. Yato is currently injured and missed selection for the July Tests.

“Yato reminded me to be strong in the mind and physically as well to match my opponents. He tells me to keep work­ing hard during every training session. ‘Whatever you do off the field you will also do it on the field’ were his words to me.

“Yato always stressed that in this posi­tion whatever stands in my way should fall. That challenges me everytime I run into the field.”

After a sterling performance for the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua in the Su­per Rugby Pacific competition, Nasove also excelled when he was pushed to the wing where he scored a try from his first touch of the ball.

However, the soft spoken lanky for­ward was not carried away nor expect­ing to be named in the Flying Fijians squad.

Nasove said when he heard Flying Fiji­ans head coach Vern Cotter announced his name, all the thoughts of his early struggles came flooding in.

“I started playing for the village team and things were tough,” he recalled.

“Later, when I made the Nadroga rugby team, the journey even became much harder.

“It was tough. I had no money to pay for my van fare to training. I had to ask the van drivers if they could get me to the training venue then I’ll pay them later. This is because I would get paid after the game on Saturday.

“My fare from the village to Sigatoka was $2.50 one-way so both ways it was $5.

“When I get my $50 payment after the game I always make sure to pay the drivers.”

Nasove said after he was dropped from the Fijian 7s team to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, he returned to the vil­lage before he got the call to sign with the Drua.

“I never dreamt to be part of the Fly­ing Fijians team this year. When I heard my name announced by the head coach, I was very emotional.

“Looking back it was really tough, the sacrifices and commitment I had to go through to get to the Flying Fijians.

“I had patience and kept believing in the Lord and myself.”

Nasove indicated that he prefers to play at the side of the scrum.

He believes this is where his strength lies

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