August 16, 2021
2020 Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Sireli Maqala is eager to represent the Fijian Drua in the 2022 season of the Super Rugby competition.
Maqala in an exclusive interview with FijiLive said while he has secured a contract with Bayonne, a French club in the Top 14, he would love to be part of Fijian Drua.
The Fiji 7s 13th man also said that he would be available to provide his service to Fiji 7s team when the World Sevens Series commences.
“I have been wanting to play in Drua since we heard Fiji getting included into the extended competition.”
“We know 15s is different from 7s but I had been playing locally in Skipper and that has actually boosted me. It helped me at the Olympics. The 15s experience here has given me a lot of knowledge which I will also apply when I play at Top 14.”
“The Gold means a lot to me and my family and if I don’t get a chance in the Drua team then I’d still continue with 7s. I’ll always be there available for 7s to provide my role in the team.”
“At the moment, I’m with my family celebrating with them. I have been away from them for nearly five months and it wasn’t easy. The sacrifice means a lot to me because I had to leave them to achieve the gold. It wasn’t easy and won’t be when I will join my club,” he added.
Maqala is currently undergoing quarantine in Labasa and will rejoin his family soon.
He will depart for France few weeks before the commencement of the Top 14 competition.
By Romeka Romena