April 01, 2022
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Hughes wants Flying Fijans spot

Former England and Bristol Bears number eight Nathan Hughes is eligible and willing to play for Fiji.

When asked by RugbyPass Offload, he’s straightforward reply was “Yes”.

“That is why I was behind this whole change,” Hughes said.

“You have different young players coming up in England and stuff like that and it is good to see, and if we can get the opportunity to go and play for our place of birth I’ll definitely put up my hand but at the same time, there is a lot of competition in Fiji as well.”

Watching the achievements of the Fiji 7s at the Olympic Games and the current Fijian Drua outfit in the Super Rugby competition has added fuel to Hughes hunt for a Flying Fijian spot.

This team the Drua, it’s amazing to see.

“There is so much talent in Fiji and the thing that surprises people.”

According to Hughes, fellow Fijian and former England rugby player Semesa Rokoduguni is also keen on representing Fiji.

World Rugby recently altered the eligibility rules governing the international game, permitting players capped by tier-one nations to be able to represent their countries of origin provided there has been a three-year stand-down period.

Hughes last represented England in 2019 with Rokoduguni last playing in 2014.

By Noa Biudole

 


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