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Nadi Honours Rugby Heroes

Jack’s Nadi rugby’s winning captain Sivaniolo Turuva Lumelume is ready to lead the side into the 2023 season.
08 Aug 2022 12:18
Nadi Honours Rugby Heroes
(Vatutu). From left; Jack’s Nadi and Fijian Drua flanker Vilive Miramira presents captain Sivaniolo Turuva Lumelume his award during the Nadi Rugby Union awards night at the Sails, Port Denarau on August 5, 2022. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Jack’s Nadi rugby’s winning captain Sivaniolo Turuva Lumelume is ready to lead the side into the 2023 season.

Lumelume made the comment during the Nadi Rugby’s awards night at the Sails, Port Denarau, on Friday night.

The inspirational captain was among players and officials who re­ceived a special Nadi Rugby blazers in recognition of their contribu­tion to the sport.

The Yavusania, Nadi, native rep­resented Nadi Rugby for the 14 years.

The 35-year-old forward scored the winning try in their 16-14 win over Naitasiri in the grandfinal of the Skipper Fiji Rugby Champion­ship at Prince Charles Park.

“It is sweeter than honey to win at home after 13 years, which is a long time,” he said.

“I thank the coaches for giving me the chance to play again. It is always a great opportunity to play for my vanua.

“Age is just a number I guess. I thank the union for coming togeth­er and giving us credit.

“Our aim next season is to hold the Farebrother for just a bit long­er.”

Other awards were presented to Eseroma Nabalawa and Ron Ka­tonivere, a policeman who have played for Nadi for the past 12 years.Capture 01

Recognitions were given to Nawa­ka and army officer, Vilive Aria, who has played for 10 years along with Wainibuka, Tailevu, native Pesi Nasau who has been an official with Nadi Rugby for 24 years.

Nadi Rugby Union president Mataiasi Nabau said, “We have to reflect on a year of remarkable suc­cess for Nadi Rugby, both on and off the field.

“To win three trophies in the sen­ior men’s, ANZ Marama Under-19 and Skipper U19 competition. “

He said their last major victory was in 2008 where they made a clean sweep of all the provincial rugby titles that were up for grabs.

“Then we hit a plateau and did not progress, which almost resulted in our demotion to the Vodafone Va­nua Championship in 2018.

“From the foundation laid in 2018, we continued to refine our process and started to reap the rewards from 2019.

“Our system worked and it is evi­dent with this year’s achievements, which we celebrate as one big rug­by family.

“Reflecting on the success of our various teams this year, I have great confidence that the future of Nadi Rugby is brighter than ever,”

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