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Going gets tough for Fijian flyer

Maciu Malo
Thursday, January 24, 2013

FIJIAN born All Blacks 7s flyer David Raikuna is humbled to play against his fellow countrymen in his country of origin.

The Korovisilou native said he was always proud of his identity even though he had been plying his trade in New Zealand.

He recalled during his childhood days when he used to cheer for the Fiji team even though he was playing for New Zealand.

"It is an awesome feeling to be playing in front of my home crowd especially with my mum and dad watching me from the sideline," said Raikuna.

"I am glad to have them here.

"It is also funny because as a young boy I always accompanied them to rugby tournaments and we always cheer for Fiji.

"But now I am not too sure who they are going for when Fiji plays New Zealand here in the semi- final."

The former Auckland Blues flyer said playing against Fiji was tough and was grateful to have many lessons from his fellow countrymen.

"It is always tough to play in Fiji most importantly against Fiji," he said.

"This is after 7s years for me to come back and play here and they are always a tough team to play against and they did it today.

"It was a very tough game and they always said that Fiji is the best place to play 7s especially the amount of talents we have here.

"I have learnt a lot playing against my Fijian brothers and any team you play against in Fiji is always the hardest team."

The 25-year-old speedster also rated Fiji 7s skipper Setefano Cakau.

"I have played with a couple of Fijian boys in the IRB 7s series and Setefano Cakau is one player I always look up to.

"He may be old but he is still fit and has the attitude for rugby. Another best and tough Fijian player to have played against is Seremaia Burotu," he said.

The 25-year-old is also gunning for a spot in the New Zealand final 12-member team for the Wellington 7s.





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