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Red Prawns for Rugby Star Jiuta Wainiqolo

‘I am always available to represent my home country when there’s a call.’
08 Jul 2022 20:40
Red Prawns for Rugby Star Jiuta Wainiqolo
Jiuta Wainiqolo. Photo: Luisa Lui. Inset: Red prawns found on Vatulele Island.

He wanted to fulfill his late father’s and elder brother’s wishes to focus on rugby. Jiuta Wainiqolo grew up playing football and switched to rugby in 2017.

The Vodafone Flying Fijians winger fulfilled his dream of donning the white jersey and becoming an Olympian.

He was a member of the Fijian men’s rugby sevens team that won the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games gold medal.


The 23-year-old is the youngest of six siblings and was described as fast, creative, elusive and skillful because of his soccer background.

Mr Wainiqolo is enjoying his professional rugby career and is now playing for Toulon, a French rugby club.

“I am always available to represent my home country when there’s a call,” he said.

The Ra native shares maternal links to Vatulele.


How Many Places Have You Visited Around Fiji?

Savusavu and Taveuni, Ovalau outside of Viti Levu.


What is the one place in Fiji you would take visitors to, and why?

Vatulele. The story of the red prawns is interesting and unique.

Red prawns of Vatulele.

Red prawns of Vatulele.

What is your favourite place for coffee/pie?

Mc Café for their delicious Latte.


What is your favourite backyard spot?

I love to travel and explore new places with my wife.


What is one place in Fiji that remains on your bucket list?

Vatulele. My mom’s village.


Feedback: laisa.kabulevu@fijisun.com.fj

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