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Tudreu named in Hurricanes squad

Arin Kumar
Saturday, February 08, 2014

ANOTHER son of Fiji is looking to stamp his mark in the Super Rugby competition.

Newton Tudreu made a brief appearance for the Wellington Hurricanes, playing on the left wing in their 38-35 win over the Auckland Blues in a pre-season match last weekend.

Even though, he was on the field for only 20 minutes, the 20-year-old, who was called up as a late injury replacement, proved he could make a bigger impact if given more game time.

His elder brother Jerome told Times Sports Tudreu has only played two years of club rugby in Palmerston North.

"Newton initially came to New Zealand for school with the International Pacific College," he said.

"He received the scholarship through the Kolinio Sewabu run Vunalagi Pasifika Limited, in partnership with International Pacific College.

"Newton also played ITM Cup rugby for Manawatu in the 2013 season after having played for premier club rugby in Palmerston North for less than a year.

"He also featured in the Bay of Plenty National Sevens 2014 for Manawatu who won the Bowl Final."

Hailing from Nabavatu, Vanua Levu; Tudreu was raised in Namaka, Nadi and is the son of Isei and Daphne Tudreu.

Isei Tudreu Jr was head boy at Ratu Kadavulevu School and a sprinter during his time there.

"Newton has also been awarded an International Rugby Academy of New Zealand (IRANZ) scholarship 2014, which he is now attending.

"The IRANZ is a high-performance course at the Sport and Rugby Institute at Massey University."