Ratuyarawa leads by example

WARDENS captain Manueli Ratuyarawa has not given up hope after the announcement of the Commonwealth Games squad.

The 24-year-old captained his side to win against host Marist 10-5 in the plate final of the 42nd Fiji Bitter Marist rugby 7s tournament yesterday.

The Korotogo, Nadroga player was happy with the team’s performance even though they couldn’t make it to the final.

“This year’s Marist tournament has been very challenging especially playing against small teams who have proven themselves,” he said.

“We have been preparing well but things don’t always go the way we want it to but I am glad we came and played. We have proven ourselves and we know we will come back a better team next year.

“Each player’s dream is to don the white jersey but we still have more time to prepare ourselves and maybe when we come back we’ll get a chance to expose ourselves.”

He was part of the Commonwealth Games extended squad but his name not being called out has not detered his spirit as he still wants to prove himself.

“I know I still have a chance to prove myself and wear the jersey.

“It is not like a walk in the park to be in the Fiji team. I have faith in myself and maybe in the future I’ll prove myself but for the time being I will continue to play for Wardens and build my rugby career with them.”

The Wardens team walked away with the prizemoney of $1200.