Gus home to play

Chiefs winger Pita Gus Sowakula with his family at the Nausori International Airport yesterday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

FIJI-BORN Gallagher Chiefs rugby player Pita Gus Sowakula recommended this weekend’s match to be a thriller filled with excitement.

The Chiefs were greeted by fans upon their arrival at the Nausori Airport yesterday where Sowakula’s family welcomed the team with garlands.

The former Hideaway Hurricanes 7s player said he was excited to be part of the team and was keen to play in front of his home fans.

“I’m really happy to be home and playing in front of my family and friends, “Sowakula said.

“Trying to secure a position in the team for this trip has been tough but I am glad I am part of the team. “If selected to play, I will not let my family and fans down we will try and give our opponents a good run.”

Sowakula’s father Ropate Robanakadavu said Gus had always had the talent with him to become anything he wished.

“He called us a few weeks back saying how hard is to make it to the run on team with all the All Blacks players back in the squad and I always tell him to make use of his capabilities and advantages of his speed and ability to recover high balls,” Robanakadavu said.

Sowakula was also a member of the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team in 2015 to 2016 during the preparation towards the Rio Olympics, and is a former national basketball rep.

He played rugby league for the Baravi Eels. Sowakula has also arranged a bus to pick Chiefs’ fans from Tagaqe Village to Suva on Saturday and urges families and friends for their support.

“There will be a bus leaving Tagaqe Village from Sigatoka at 12 midday and I ask everyone who is free to come and support your team,” Sowakula said.