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Eyes on Rio

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

TOULON-based rugby player Josua Tuisova has set his focus on representing the country at the 2016 Rio Olympics and next year's Rugby World Cup.

And learning from some of the world's best exponents of the game has inspired the 20-year-old from Votua in Ba to work hard to fulfil his dream.

Tuisova is the only Fijian player in the star-studded Toulon side which has rugby superstars such as former England fly half Johny Wilkinson, Springboks flyer Brian Habana and former Wallabies rep Matt Giteau.

His Toulon team also farewelled their match-winner Wilkinson with the Heineken Cup and France Top 14 title wins last season.

The soft spoken player said the experience of playing alongside some of the world rugby superstars in France had improved his game.

He said he was ready to fly the Fiji flag at the Olympics and also at next year's rugby world cup.

"I never imagined of playing with rugby stars like Johny Wilkinson, Brian Habana and Matt Giteau whom I only watch on TV during my childhood days.

"To be in the same team with them (Habana, Wilkinson, and Giteau) will be a moment to cherish.

"I have learnt a lot of tips and lessons from these star players especially Habana.

"This experience will help me improve my game for the future."

Like every other rugby player Tuisova's ultimate dream is to be part of the Fiji 7s team at the Olympic Games in Brazil.

"My target is to represent Fiji at the Olympic Games and also at next year's rugby world cup," he said.

"I know it is not going to be easy especially tussling against other talented Fijian players worldwide.

"I think I have what it takes to compete against my fellow Fijian players if given the opportunity.

"Playing for Fiji is always special and if selected I will do my best for my country and its people."

Tuisova, who is the younger brother of national 7s rep PioTuwai, will rejoin his Toulon side on Friday.

His contract expires in 2018.

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