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Rugger Naqaliva Banks On Gods Faithfulness

After four years of dating burly Clermont centre, Apisai Naqaliva, married his girlfriend Vakaloloma at Albert Park’s conference room in Suva yesterday.
07 Aug 2022 15:39
Rugger Naqaliva Banks On Gods Faithfulness
From left. Bridesmaid Elizabeth Nayatorosea, Vakaloloma Vatanirerega, who hails from Nukuni Village, Ono-i-Lau, with husband Apisai Naqaliva and bestman Alipate Senivutu during the wedding at Albert Park's conference room in Suva on August 5, 2022. Naqaliva plays for Clermont in the French Top 14 and represented the Flying Fijians during last November's Europe tour. The couple had been dating for four years and the global COVID-19 pandemic forced them to defer the wedding. Photo: Ronald Kumar

After four years of dating burly Clermont centre, Apisai Naqaliva, married his girlfriend Vakaloloma at Albert Park’s conference room in Suva on Friday.

Speaking to SUNsports the Wainimala, Naitasiri, native who is fondly known in the rugby world as Apisai Naqalevu said everything was made possible through their faith in God.

“We went through a lot of challenges, but we kept praying to God to lead us through,” Naqalevu who played for the Flying Fijians in last year’s Europe Tour said.

“My wife is from Ono-i-Lau and we have been dating the past four years.

“COVID-19 came along but it just made our relationship stronger. We were supposed to get married last year but due to COVID we had to postpone and wait till everything was at ease.”

He said their wishes came true when the borders opened and everything begun to shape up for the big day.

“I’m so happy for the function that has happened and for the support the villagers have shown.

“My families, relatives and friends support was the backbone for the success of our wedding celebration.

“The wedding function was well-prepared by both parties and it turned out to be a good one where there was enough food and drinks for everyone.”

Naqalevu said he arrived into the country last week and after a few days they had their engagement followed by the wedding.

“I don’t have the luxury of time on my side, as for now I have three weeks left before I return to France.”

The former national rugby 7s forward said nothing was impossible when it comes to joining the Flying Fijians especially with the Rugby World Cup next year in France.

“There are lots of good players around Fiji and the world who are looking for a spot in the Flying Fijian team.

“If the heart is willing then nothing is impossible to achieve our goals. To all young players if you want to make it big then you stay disciplined and work hard.”

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