May 03, 2022
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Football shaped my 7s career: Naduvalo

Fiji 7s speedster Vuiviwa Naduvalo has revealed that playing  football made him stronger and kept him in shape to take up 7s rugby later on.

The 24-year-old Semo villager from Nadroga told FijiLive he did not play any rugby in high school and was more into football.

“I only watched and followed rugby on television as in school I only played football. I followed most of my Indo-Fijian brothers into playing football at Nadroga Arya College and represented my school in the sport.”

“Football allowed me to work on my speed, build my skills in terms of stepping away and turning. It helped me a lot in terms of my lower body strength.”

"I still have some of school mates playing football and I always feel proud to see my friend and school mate Sunny Deol play football for the Nadroga team."

Naduvalo said though he did not play rugby in his early days, he always had the dream to don the national jumper one day.

“I started playing for my village team Tuva after high school and knew I would go far if I worked hard and stayed determined.”

“My big break came when I was selected to play for Fire. I knew I had the chance to impress the selectors and when I made the national squad, I did not look back from there.”

“I did not make the team to Dubai 7s but that did not stop me from trying hard. I waited patiently  and when the opportunity came, I had to ensure I give my best,” he added.

Naduvalo made his debut in Singapore 7s where he scored 10 tries and matched the tournament record.

He continued with his fine form in Vancouver where he scored 6 more tries.

By Reginald Chandar


 


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