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Tikoirotuma up for the challenge

Arin Kumar
Thursday, June 05, 2014

WAIKATO Chiefs winger Asaeli Tikoirotuma will be moving to England at the end of the Super Rugby competition to join the Harlequin Football Club that competes in the Aviva Premiership.

The move to the UK almost meant he would not make it in time for the Vodafone Flying Fijians Test match against Italy on Saturday.

But the odds were in his favour as he managed to get to Fiji on Tuesday night and joined the national side yesterday.

"I was waiting for my passport which was in Manila (Philippines) because I would be moving to UK later this year to complete my rugby career there," the 27-year-old said.

Tikoirotuma helped the Chiefs win the Super Rugby title in his first year with the club in 2012 and then helped them defend the title in 2013.

He said he was looking forward to a tough Test against the Italians at the ANZ Stadium.

"It's going to be big challenge because I am trying to catch up.

"I have been going around asking the coach and the captain on what has been happening and what is the game plan and I am learning slowly."

Meanwhile, the Flying Fijians visited Hilton Special School in Suva yesterday and also gave some rugby equipment to the school.

Assistant headteacher of the school Deepak Singh said they were honoured to host the national side.

"We hardly have teams like this come and visit us and their visit today was a really good treat for the students," he said.

"And the equipment they have donated would help us as we build up towards our national competition later this year."

Flying Fijians captain Akapusi Qera said the smiles on the faces of the children would inspire the team when they run out against Italy at 3.30pm on Saturday.

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