January 11, 2022
  Follow @ Twitter

Nayacalevu reveals vaccination status

Flying Fijians Captain Waisea Nayacalevu has revealed that he is not vaccinated against COVID-19.

The 31-year-old is the only Fijian player in the French Top 14 competition who is yet to get vaccinated.

The Stade Francais' centre told the Rugbyrama website that the planned rule change in France would leave him with little choice.

Nayacalevu could be blocked from playing after January 15 if the French upper house passes a bill requiring a full course of vaccination to enjoy basic parts of life, such as entering sporting stadiums.

"At worst, I would take the vaccine," he said.

"If the law changes, if the French government validates the vaccination pass, I will have to take it. But getting vaccinated is the last option for me."

Nayacalevu twice contracted COVID-19 virus but had felt no need for vaccination.

“It had been a personal choice,” he said.

He was also one of the Fiji players who objected to a pro-vaccine message on the international side's shirts earlier this year.

“It is not our job, as rugby players, to push people to get vaccinated. Leave that to the politicians and health officials. We are here to play rugby, that’s all.”

By Romeka Romena

Post a Comment
Bookmark and Share


Posted Comments
No comments, but you can post the first comment!



Fijiana will miss Seville 7s: O'Connor
Fiji Rugby Union chief executive John O’Connor has confirmed that the Fijiana 7s team will not participate in the Seville 7s in Spain next week.
Tahioa puts pen to paper for Suva
Solomon Islander and former Nasinu and Labasa midfielder Marlon Tahioa has signed with the Suva football team for the 2022 football season.
Cyclone Winston moves towards Tonga
Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Winston is moving away from the Lau group and towards Tonga.
Obama unveils gun violence proposals
President Barack Obama today demanded an assault weapons ban and universal background checks for gun buyers, stoking a generational clash with the firearms lobby after the Newtown school massacre.
Afghan street kid heads for the Oscars red carpet
An Afghan street kid is off to Hollywood and the red-carpet treatment at the Oscars -- a fairytale ending to a chance encounter that led to a starring role in a movie.
Online registration for foreign investors
Fiji will soon launch online registration and approvals system for foreign investors.