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Natoga ties knot with sweetheart

Jo Kunaluvea
Sunday, June 29, 2014

Former Flying Fijian winger Aisea Natoga is aiming to regain his place in the national rugby squad for next year's rugby world cup.

The 24-year-old rugger made the comment to Times Sport on Friday at his village in Semo near Sigatoka where he wedded his long-time sweetheart Wainikiti Kemea, also aged 24.

Natoga, the lone Fijian rugby player contracted to the Osprey's rugby club in Wales said it won't be easy as there were many capable and experienced wingers now in the Flying Fijians team.

"I will try my best to be in the Fiji team for the world cup but I believe I have to fight my way there as the wingers now in the team are world rated," said Natoga.

He said playing rugby in one of Europe's top rugby clubs had really helped him a lot.

"At the moment I am currently playing alongside some members of the Welsh rugby team and they have taught me a lot.

"As the only Fijian player in the Osprey's rugby club, I always try my best to be among the best and I am glad the club officials have shown faith in me.

"I know I don't only represent my village team of Tuva or Nadroga but I am representing the whole of Fiji and it's an honour," said Natoga.

He had also given his support to the Flying Fijians team that defeated Cook Islands at Lautoka's Churchill Park yesterday.

"I was confident we would win the qualifying games against Cook Islands," he said.

Natoga will be heading back to Wales next week for off-season training

Nadroga coach Esala Nauga who was also at Natoga's wedding had also given his full backing to the Flying Fijians team.

"I have faith in our players and coach they should rectify the mistakes against the Samoans last week but they have to be reminded never to underestimate the Cook islanders," said Nauga.


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