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Sadrugu For Bati Debut, Api Out

The 23-year-old Wailevu, Macuata native has been named in the 20- men Bati side when they face the Papua New Guinea Kumuls in Saturday’s Pacific Test clash.
23 Jun 2022 15:00
Sadrugu For Bati Debut, Api Out
Taniela Sadrugu

Taniela Sadrugu is going to make his debut for the Voda­fone Fijian Bati.

The 23-year-old Wailevu, Macuata native has been named in the 20- men Bati side when they face the Papua New Guinea Kumuls in Sat­urday’s Pacific Test clash.

Sadrugu joined North Queens­land Cowboys in November, last year under their train and replace­ment contract. He is now in the extended Fiji Bati squad for the Rugby League World Cup.

He has been settling well in the Bati’s camp at the Saint Mary’s in Sydney, Australia.

Speaking to SUNsports he said the opportunity is great.

“This is what it’s all about, making it to the Fiji Bati squad and most importantly the Rugby League World Cup,” the former Ratu Kada­vulevu School student said.

“This a dream come true and a good achievement for me person­ally.

“I get to play for my family and the people of Fiji.

“My goal was making it to the NRL the other one is making it for the Bati.

“Being here is special for me be­cause I get to meet some of the best in the sport.

“It’s not only meeting up but also learning new things from them.

“My goal was to make it first to the final 20-member squad to get my Bati debut before my first Rugby League World Cup in England.

“It has been exciting really; the at­mosphere and the environment of the Bati is world class.”

Sadrugu indicated that he never had any regrets in switching codes.

“After the Olympic Games prepa­rations and getting dropped it was never the end of the road,” he said.

“I joined rugby league and the Cowboys and had no regrets.

“I’m loving every minute of my time here and it is a positive en­ergy,”

Meanwhile, Api Koroisau is ruled out of the Bati side due to his com­mitments with the NSW Blues in Sunday’s State of the Origin clash.Capture

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