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Fijians meet in 7s final

Arin Kumar
Friday, June 13, 2014

TWO Fijians featured in the final of the Lyon 7s tournament in France last weekend.

While France, which has the services of Virimi Vakatawa won the final 40-10, it was the another Fijian youngster that stamped a name for himself while playing for Belgium.

Savenaca Vocea is the first Fijian to play for Belgium in both sevens code and the 15s codes.

In 2010, he was part of the Belgium U17 side when he was only 16 years old.

Vocea 20, is slowly making waves in the international arena.

His uncle Samisoni Vugakoto in Suva said his family in Fiji was proud of his performance and achievements.

"He is 20 years of age and is studying Bachelor of Arts degree at a University in Brussels," he said.

"His family relocated to Belgium following the appointment of his father, Peceli Vocea to be the ambassador of Fiji to Belgium."

Hailing from Drekeniwai, Navatu, Cakaudrove with maternal links to Naigani Batiki, Lomaiviti, Vocea has sports in his blood.

"Savenaca comes from a family with strong sporting background.

"His father represented Suva in the local rugby competition.

"His mother is the oldest sibling of the famous Vugakoto sisters that dominated the netball circle once.

"His aunties, Timaima Vulimailaucala and Tuipolotu McLennan played netball.

"His grandfather Ilisoni Taoba, uncles, Filimoni Seru Vulimailaucala, Jason McLennan, Tiko Matawalu, and Akapusi Qera played rugby.

"His aunt, Georgina Batisaresare, uncles, Samisoni Vugakoto and the late John Vugakoto (rugby), cousin, Filimoni Vulimailaucala all played basketball."

Vocea attended Veiuto Primary School and Suva Grammar School before moving to Brussels with his family.

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