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Flanker carries rugby's hope for award

Friday, March 23, 2007

THE Fiji Rugby Union has nominated former Nadroga flanker Akapusi Qera for the annual Sportsman of the Year award.

The England-based 23-year-old was one of the most enterprising forwards with the side and is best remembered for his length of the field try against Japan in the Pacific Nations Cup last year.

Qera was named the Player of the Year at the Fiji Rugby Awards night in January.

He is the brother of Nadroga prop Tiko Matawalu and like his brother had been one of the most consistent performers on the local scene before securing the overseas contract. In 2006, Qera played against the Junior All Blacks where Fiji lost 35-17, before being part of the team which went down 24-23 to Tonga.

He also featured in the 29-18 win over Italy at Churchill Park and the 29-15 win over Japan in Osaka.

Qera also played in the 47-18 loss to Australia A.

He played six games for the Stallions in the Colonial Cup and was the top try scorer for the Fiji Warriors in the Pacific Cup.

Qera also featured for the Fiji U21 and was named in the Fiji 7s training squad for the 2006-07 IRB World series, but he could not attend because of his overseas contract. Qera has also been one of frequent try scorers for his Bees side in England.





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