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Railoa fights off injury

Paulini Ratulailai
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

AFTER a year of recovery from a knee injury, Sakeo Railoa is making headlines in the 7s arena after winning the Campese-Serevi medal for the best player in the Mana Whey Coral Coast 7s.

Railoa also helped his team secure a spot in the Congo Waimanu 7s tournament over the weekend.

Police 7s team blockbusting rover wanted more game time before he could wear the national jersey.

The Naluwai, Naitasiri hard man continued to showcase his talent as he helped his side win their two pool games at Ratu Cakoabau Park in Nausori.

But unfortunately he didn't play in the final after he sustained an injury during their clash with Congo Waimanu Green in the quarter-finals.

The former rugby league player, who had stints with the Penrith Panthers in the NRL Toyota Cup competition in 2014 and spent two seasons in France with the Albi Tigers, had just recovered from an injury he sustained during club games.

Railoa said the doctors told him that he would never play rugby or any sport again because of his knee injury.

"I came back home heavy-hearted with what the doctors told me but I never gave up, I kept fighting back," he said.

"It is good to be back in the field doing what I love to do and that is to play rugby. I was never good academically as I was into sports and from there I kept building my potential knowing what I am capable of."

The former Nasinu Secondary School and Coca-Cola Games 100 metres sprinter said without the support from his daughter and wife, he wouldn't have made this far.

"It was through family support that I returned to the rugby field and that is important to all rugby players. During my recovery my wife Vito and daughter were there by my side, helping me and that is one thing that the doctors told me that having moral support will help me to recover fast and it did.

"I am grateful to the Police team for having me in their team, giving me a chance to showcase my talent once again and one day wear the white jersey but that will come if we work hard, believe in ourselves and have faith in God."

The muscular built officer is the younger brother of France 7s player Virimi Vakatawa.

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