Fiji Time: 6:21 AM on Friday 20 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Naiyaravoro happy with decision to switch to Waratahs

News.com.au
Friday, July 18, 2014

Update: 5:29PM TAQELE Naiyaravoro only made the switch from League to Union three months ago, but the Fijian winger looks set to play for the Waratahs in next weekend's Super Rugby semi-final.

And he could come up against a former school rival should the Brumbies qualify this weekend.

Naiyaravoro, who was signed by the Waratahs from Wests Tigers back in April, played union for Suva Grammar School in Fiji, where he often faced Brumbies winger Henry Speight.

But that was before Taqele changed his position to the wing.

"He was my senior back in Fiji at school," Naiyaravoro said of Speight.

"I was playing up against him, but I was playing as a forward in the back row."

The 23-year-old says watching Fijian wingers doing their thing in union helped make his decision to switch codes, but admits it was a challenge joining the Waratahs halfway through their Super Rugby campaign.

"The first game was a bit hard - getting back in front of a massive crowd," he said.

"It is a challenge, but thanks to Michael Cheika for just filling me into everything and giving me a chance. They've been doing really well. I wasn't here when they started, but I'm thankful they welcomed me to the team."

Naiyaravoro is signed to the Waratahs until the end of next season and he is confident he made the right decision to switch codes.

He scored his maiden Super Rugby try against the Highlanders, helping the Waratahs wrap up the minor premiership with a thumping win.

"I felt like coming back to union and I had the opportunity from the Waratahs, so I just took it.

"I feel good. I feel welcome by the boys too, so I'm happy with the decision I made."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62160.6026
JPY 56.252053.2520
GBP 0.37470.3667
EUR 0.42150.4095
NZD 0.69810.6651
AUD 0.63540.6104
USD 0.49790.4809

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 17th, October, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Miranda turns to sex work to survive
  2. Dreams do come true
  3. Fiji's Cup bid
  4. Life in prison for taxidriver
  5. Stench of rotting whale unbearable for commuters
  6. Man receives $150k settlement
  7. Sami safe after attack
  8. Rotary club's visit brings relief to fire victims
  9. Wasteland
  10. Return title, FSC told

Top Stories this Week

  1. Man allegedly hit by bulldozer blade, dead Tuesday (17 Oct)
  2. 30 officers dismissed from force Friday (13 Oct)
  3. Final in mind Monday (16 Oct)
  4. Faith, a true survivor against all odds Tuesday (17 Oct)
  5. $8m drugs seized Friday (13 Oct)
  6. Villagers pass around eTransport card Monday (16 Oct)
  7. Plans for Bati Sunday (15 Oct)
  8. Unsolved mystery of MV Joyita Sunday (15 Oct)
  9. Bati visits Ra villages Tuesday (17 Oct)
  10. Young lass laments mom's demise from cancer Monday (16 Oct)