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Matawalu Acknowledges Divine Power, Coaches

Being selected into the Flying Fijians has been a learning journey for halfback Peni Matawalu.
06 Jul 2022 16:15
Matawalu Acknowledges Divine Power, Coaches
Vodafone Flying Fijians halfback Peni Matawalu (first from left) during their Pacific Nations Cup match against Tonga at the HFC Bank Stadium, Suva, on July 2, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

Being selected into the Flying Fijians has been a learning journey for halfback Peni Matawalu.

The Dama, Ra, native who will turn 25 on Friday (July 8), can only thank God for His plans for his life.

At this time last year, the Fiji Cor­rections Service officer who was based at the Naboro Corrections Centre, signed a contract with the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua team for the Super Rugby Pacific.

On Saturday Matawalu came in to replace elusive Frank Lomani at halfback in the last few minutes dur­ing the Vodafone Fling Fijians’ 36-0 walk over a high profile Ikale Tahi in their first Pacific Nations Cup match at the HFC Bank stadium in Suva.

“I thank God and the coaching pan­el for having faith in me to be named in the first set for the first match on Saturday,” Matawalu said.

“There has been a lot of learning since we marched into camp two weeks ago,” he said.

“From Drua to Flying Fijian is a leap, I am learning a lot from the senior and experienced players who have far better exposure.

“I thank them for their continu­ous advice during training; they are always eager to share their experi­ence and knowledge about the game and this strengthens our bond in working together for the common goal.

“To be training and playing with experienced players is a morale booster.

“For me personally I get to learn new things and the coaches are al­ways assisting to be better.”

Matawalu also acknowledged fam­ily and fans for their continuous support.

He was first named in the Flying Fijians squad during the Northern tour in 2020.

His older brother Nikola Matawalu was a former Flying Fijian halfback who currently plays in France.


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