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First IRB Series try special for Namosi rugger

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, February 03, 2013

JONE Vota is hoping he will have many tries to cherish about in the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens World Series.

The Wardens player made his debut in the IRB 7s series at the Wellington 7s which finished yesterday at the Westpac Stadium.

Vota, who hails from Namosi, scored his first try in the Bowl quarter-final against United States and dedicated it to the Fijian fans.

Fiji defeated United States 29-12.

Vota said despite the disappointing performance of the team at the tournament, he was happy to have got some game time and a try to his name.

He said the IRB 7s series was much tougher than he expected and he was happy to have experienced the competition at the international level.

"It's really a special moment for me as this is my first tournament," the soft-spoken Vota, who was brought in as a replacement to injured Levani Botia, said.

"Scoring the first try will be a memorable experience and I want to dedicate that to the Fijians watching us here."

Vota said he was keen to maintain his place in the team and looking forward to scoring more tries in the future.

Other newcomers in the team include Jasa Veremalua, Benito Eremasi, Manasa Nayagi and Josua Tuisova, who is ruled out of this leg because of injury.


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