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Mission Rio

Arin Kumar
Friday, December 28, 2012

COUSINS Waisea Nacugu and Josua Tuiova have set their sight on playing for the national sevens side at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

The two, aged 19 and 18 respectively, are part of the national sevens team training squad and attended a fitness test yesterday. Tuiova is the younger brother of former national sevens team forward Pio Tuwai.

This was the second time both teenagers, who play for the Tokatoka Westfield Barbarians side, were called up to attend a national fitness test.

They are confident of becoming national reps one day and said they were working hard towards achieving their dream.

Tuiova, who plays rover in the abbreviated code, said he had been looking for his big break for some time now.

"I want to be like my brother, Pio Tuwai, he was a national rep in sevens and I want to do the same," he said.

"I want to become a top sevens player for Fiji one day and if given a chance I would also like to play for Fiji in 15s."

Nacugu, a former Khalsa College student, is a utility back and said the fitness test was a big eye-opener.

"It's very tough but it has to be expected at this level. Playing for the national team is a big thing and we need to be fully prepared for it," he said.

Speaking for Tuiova as well, the Votua, Ba lad said the Olympics was their next eventual target in the sport.

"If we don't make the national team, it's OK because we are targeting the Olympic Games.

"We know it is tough but we are training hard and are willing to give it our best shot," he said.

Tuiova said Tuwai, who is the captain of the Barbarians team, was always giving them tips to help them in the sport.

"He always tells us to train hard and play hard and to give our very best on the field.

"He told us the fitness test would be hard and we should be prepared for the drills.

"If selected either in the team for the Sevens World Series or the Olympics team, we will play to the best of our abilities."





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