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Wong after rugby spot

Arin Kumar
Monday, December 30, 2013

PETER Wong wants to be the first Fijian of Chinese decent to play rugby for Fiji.

He has set his sights on donning the Fiji under-20 jumper at the Junior World Championships in New Zealand.

His father, Albert Wong, said he initially wanted his son to play for New Zealand but it was Peter's decision to play for Fiji.

"We sent him to study at Kelston Boys High School in New Zealand so that he could further his rugby career," Albert said.

"From there he featured for the Waitemata Rugby Club and his performance saw him win the award for the best forward at the club.

"But he wanted to play for Fiji and came to attend the trials for the Fiji under-20 side and it seems like he could make the squad."

Albert asked East coach Eroni Vereivalu to include Peter in the East extended squad for the inaugural AON East versus West challenge a few weeks ago.

"I wanted him to play with the senior players from the East here in Fiji to know what it is like to play against the big boys.

"He can play flanker or number eight and we will just see how far he can go.

"It would be good to see him make the under-20 team because he really wants to play and then he wants to show that he is national rep material so that he could possibly become a Flying Fijian in the future."

Meanwhile, the second Talent Identification Process for the U20 that was scheduled for the first week of January has been deferred.

It was also revealed that the Fiji U20 will play its first match in the JWC against Wales.

The side will then play against France and Ireland respectively.