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Ready for 7s battle

Rashneel Kumar, In Wellington
Friday, February 01, 2013

JASA Veremalua will be using the fighting spirit he saw in the patients at the Wellington Regional Hospital in the Wellington 7s tournament which starts today.

The Red Rock forward is looking forward to make his debut in national colours and hopes to create some finest memories at the Westpac Stadium this weekend.

Veremalua who was touched by the visit to the hospital's children ward hopes to inspire these younger ones by playing his part well in the tournament.

He said the courage and determination they showed while fighting illness was overwhelming.

"It's really sad to see these children in such situation at this age and we hope they recover soon," he said.

"This trip is also inspiring for us and personally for me as I will be making my debut this weekend.

"I hope to use the fighting spirit I saw in these children in the tournament."

Veremalua, who has been the kingpin for the Qauia-based Red Rock, has set his sight to play in the Rugby World Cup 7s this year.

He is also keen to make the national side for the Olympic Games in 2016.

Veremalua said this tournament was important for him in setting the benchmark for his future goals.