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Sevu: Why I’m Staying

World Cup winning sevens rugby x-factor lanky for­ward Sevuloni Mocena­cagi will honour his Fiji Rugby Union contract and he is not going anywhere. Mocenacagi assured SUNsports from Draiba Village in the interior of Sigatoka Valley, on Thursday that he would be around right up to the end of his FRU contract in De­cember.
01 Oct 2022 11:30
Sevu: Why I’m Staying
Veteran sevens forward Sevuloni Mocenacagi plays for Yamacia in the Nukuvura Bibikai Sevens tournament at Draiba, Namataku, Nadroga Navosa on September 29, 2022. Mocenacagi in an interview with SUNsports said that he was grateful to Ben Gollings for giving him a second chance. He also revealed why he was not going back to France. Photo: Nukuvura Bibikai

World Cup winning sevens rugby x-factor lanky for­ward Sevuloni Mocena­cagi will honour his Fiji Rugby Union contract and he is not going anywhere.

Mocenacagi assured SUNsports from Draiba Village in the interior of Sigatoka Valley, on Thursday that he would be around right up to the end of his FRU contract in De­cember.

“I am not going to France, I am here to help my parents and share my rugby knowledge and experi­ence with my people,” Mocenacagi said.

“Right now my commitment is with Fiji Rugby, they gave me an­other chance and I am grateful to have played in the recent World Cup.

“It was the toughest sevens outing, coach Golling (Ben) had confidence in me, he gave me the chance and I am going to be around as long as he needs me for Fiji.

“Maybe next year, but the offer needs to be good – otherwise I will remain at home.”

Mocenacagi, 32, of Nukuilau, Noikoro, Nadroga Navosa was one of the three World Cup sevens gold medallists that were crowd draw­ers at this week’s three-day Vukuvu­ra Bibikai sevens tournament at Draiba, Namataku, Nadroga Navosa that started on Tuesday at the Draiba ground.

Joining him in the top Navosa sev­ens outfit Yamacia side was Joseva Talacolo while Filipe Sauturaga was part of the invincible Police White side.

Yamacia and the Suliano Volivoli led Police White sides were rele­gated to the Plate competition after losing to Nahehevia 10-17 and DXC Westfield 10-12 respectively in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

“To be recalled into the national sevens side for the World Cup mis­sion in Cape Town last month was divine intervention and I will al­ways be grateful to God for every­thing,” Mocenacagi said.

“I went to France last year as a medical joker with the Pro D2 Club USON Nevers in replacement for centre Alivereti Loaloa.”

Mocenacagi’s sevens contract was by then terminated by FRU over in­discipline early last year.

It was during FRU’s first Super Se­ries leg at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka, in January, 2021 that Mocenacagi copped two red cards, one for a high tackle on Ratu Filise forward Wame Ratuva and the other for throwing the ball at the referee while playing for Yamacia.

He was suspended for 12 games, then the French offer to be medical joke came.

Story By: karalaini.waqanidrola@fijisun.com.fj

 



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