June 04, 2017
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Veteran Koto relishes selection

Veteran hooker Sunia Koto is relishing his selection in the Vodafone Flying Fijians squad for next Saturday’s match against the Wallabies in Melbourne.

The 37-year-old Wainibuka native from Tailevu says playing against a powerhouse nation like Australia will not only boost the confidence levels of the players, but it will also give them the opportunity to rub their shoulders against some of the best players in the world.

“As a senior player and someone who is on the verge of retiring, my job will be to guide the younger players and to ensure that they are focused and determined when we run onto the field.”

“I love representing my country and I want to thank the Lord Almighty for giving me the strength and courage to come this far in my playing career. I also want to thank the coaching panel for still believing in me and my abilities and I hope to give my best in the upcoming games, especially in the big one against Australia,” he said.

Koto, who has played in the last three Rugby World Cups believes the current crop of players have what it takes to take on the tier 1 nations and they just need to follow their training programs and keep working hard.

“Discipline, fitness, dedication and determination are very important and if these young lads work hard and stay focused in their playing career then surely they will go far and will do well for Fiji on the international scene, especially in the 2019 World Cup, he added.

By Reginald Chandar

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