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Fiji at heart

Maciu Malo
Sunday, December 02, 2012

WAIKATO Super 15 Flying Fijian Maretino Nemani has declared his availability to play for the Flying Fijians.

In an interview with Times Sports yesterday, the Bua lad said he was eager to represent his country of birth despite plying his trade in New Zealand.

Having played alongside All Blacks big names like Sonny Bill Williams, Richard Kahui, and Liam Messam, the 21-year-old said playing for Fiji has always been his childhood dream.

"I haven't told anyone but my heart is for Fiji," said Nemani.

"So I'll just see how it goes but if I get the call I will try it out in the national team."

Nemani said despite playing against some of the world's best, he rated former national flyer Rupeni Caucau his rugby idol. He said he always watched clips of Caucau's games and tries to imitate some of his moves during training.

"Caucau is my best rugby player. No one else has the skills like him, he's an X-factor," said Nemani.

"I still watch some of his rugby clips." Nemani said being part of the winning Chiefs team was the best moment in his rugby career.

"This is only my first year in Super Rugby and I just want to learn as much as I can while I can.

"Winning the Super 15 is the best feeling I ever had in rugby and I am looking forward to another season.

"I think playing with players like Sonny Bill Williams, Liam Messam and Richard Kahui has been a blessing."

Nemani represented Fiji at the International Rugby Board Junior World Championship. He also played for the New Zealand Secondary School team.

He is the son of former national soccer skipper, his namesake, Maritino Nemani.