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Happy to be back home

Maciu Malo
Sunday, June 17, 2012

CROWD favourite Api Naikatini was one of the major drawcards for the Flying Fijians after playing his first home game in the national colours.

Known by rugby fans as ‘Mr T' because of his hairstyle, the former Wellington Hurricanes forwards displayed power, pace and all round skills against an experienced Scotland outfit in Fiji's 25-37 loss.

Naikatini said he was honoured to play in front of his home fans even though his team fell short of their target.

The Japan-based player said he was happy with the overall performance of the team in their first test game at home.

"It was a tough game, Scotland team came here to win and the boys were up to the challenge," said Naikatini.

"It's a privilege to be finally playing in Fiji in front of the Fiji fans it's an awesome feelings.

"I dedicate my first outing to my family and to the people in Fiji although we didn't bring the needed result to our fans."

The Nadroga native is pleading with the fans not to lose hope on the boys but to support the team during their highs and lows.

He said he was grateful to play in one of the best teams during his rugby career and his aim was to maintain his spot.

"For the fans, we need your support as we are going through a rebuilding phase.

"I think we need to keep the same team together and we will be one of the team to beat in the future given more game time."

When asked on his hairstyle he said "I am just trying up a new style."


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