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Talebula's special gift to his mum

Maciu Malo
Monday, May 19, 2014

FLYING Fijian Metuisela Talebula gave his mum the best Mother's Day present by engraving his name in French rugby's Top 14 competition as the season's top try scorer.

And his mother, Laisiana Talebula, was all smiles as she sat down to a very special Mother's Day lunch yesterday afternoon.

The Bordeaux-Begles star scored a massive 15 tries to become the third Fijian player after Rupeni Caucau and Napolioni Nalaga to top the Top 14 scoring list in a season.

The prolific try scoring machine beat world class wingers such as Bryan Habana, Jo Rokocoko, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Napolioni Nalaga, Hosea Gear, Rene Ranger, Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell as he snatched the season's top try scorer award.

In an interview during Mother's Day lunch at his Natabua home yesterday, the mercurial Talebula said he dedicated his amazing achievement to his ever supportive mum.

He said beating top class wingers and world champions to become the Top 14 top try scorer was an achievement he never dreamt he could have attained.

"I wouldn't have achieved this without my mum and I dedicate my achievement to her as my Mother's Day present," said Talebula.

"Playing against some of the world's finest and best finishers inspired me to work hard.

"And I never imagined to top the try scoring list especially when you have the likes of Habana, Rokocoko, Sivivatu, Nalaga, Giteau and Drew Mitchell to name a few.

"This achievement will also motivate me to work even harder next season."

Laisiana said her son's achievement was the perfect Mother's Day gift.

She said her son continuously made the family proud.

"I am so proud of his achievement and this is a prefect Mother's Day gift."

"I couldn't have asked for anything better and I thank the Lord for blessing my son's rugby career."

The former Lelean Memorial School student who has been targeted by many top clubs in France has confirmed of his continued commitment to Bordeaux-Begles next season.

Talebula's skills and class have also attracted the eye of the newly appointed Flying Fijians coach John McKee in preparation for the upcoming Rugby World Cup qualifying games.

"I am honoured to be selected for the Flying Fijians and I am ready to deliver the goods for the people of Fiji."

Talebula will return to France for off-season training at the completion of the Pacific Nations Cup.

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