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Tamanivalu celebrates with family

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, January 27, 2013

NEW Zealand 7s prospect Setareki Tamanivalu celebrated his 21st birthday with family members and friends at the RSL Hotel 2000 in Lautoka on Friday night.

Setareki, a former Lelean Memorial School Deans trophy winner looked smartly dressed in a traditional Fijian attire.

The Taranaki player who was part of the New Zealand Emerging 7s team which participated in the Uprising Fiji International 7s earlier this month, decided to extend his stay in the country to celebrate the special occasion.

Setareki has been eyed by New Zealand 7s coach Gordon Tietjens to be part of his squad for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Tietjens rated the Yasawa-i-Rara villager as a player with a bright prospect.

"Seta is big, powerful and strong player for the future as we are building towards the Olympics in 2016," Tietjens said in an earlier interview.

Setareki is not eligible to don the New Zealand jumper yet due to his residency status.


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