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Fijian wants IRB 7s referee role

Rodney Duthie In Wellington
Sunday, February 09, 2014

KAVENI Talemaivalagi ran the touchlines of the Westpac Stadium field as if he was officiating in a rugby tournament in Fiji.

The Lau native, rated as Fiji's second best referee, was in New Zealand's capital city to officiate as a touch judge during the Wellington 7s tournament.

He officiated in three matches on the opening day and played a part in the Cup quarter-final match between series leader South Africa and Australia.

"I was happy with my performances at the tournament. I see my appointments on the series as a blessing," he said.

"This is my second visit to the Wellington 7s, I was here last year. I thank the Lord for his guidance and the referees' committee for having faith in me.

He said his job came with a lot of responsibility but he cherished a lot.

"All referee's have a difficult job and his job is incomplete without his assistants.

"We always need to work as a team of three so we can have a good clean game."

Kaveni hopes that one day he will get his big break and officiate as a referee on the series and follow in the footsteps of James Bolabiu.

"This is my second assignment as an assistant referee, hopefully the IRB will give me a chance to climb up a notch and referee in a series."

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