Tamani’s rugby dream
23 March, 2018, 12:00 am
TERRY Tamani may not have the build wanted by top coaches, but he has a big heart to stand against big players in the field.
This weekend Tamani will be helping his Tabadamu side try and retain their Fiji Bitter Marist 7s crown.
The nippy halfback who hails from Ravitaki, Kadavu, aims for bigger things —— to defend their three-peat win at the Marist 7s and also his two-year reign as player of the tournament and thirdly to claim a spot in the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team.
Terry said his journey in rugby started at a very young age when he realised he lacked interest in academic work.
“I attended Vunisea Secondary School and later moved to the John Wesley College rugby academy to enhance my rugby skills,” the 22-year-old said. “My childhood dream was to play for Fiji and also at the So Kon Po stadium and I hope I will make my dream come true this weekend.”
Tamani has been included in the Fiji 7s team training camp. Tabadamu team manager Leo Naikasau Sr said it would be a bonus for Gareth Baber if Tamani was included in the side.
“Terry is an expansive type of player and he was made for the sport,” he said.
“He has been with the team for the past three years and we have reaped the fruits of his commitment and his elusiveness. He beat all the best players in Fiji to be voted best in Fiji’s biggest 7s tournament.”
He said another player who the national selectors should consider was Junior Gaunimeke.
“Gaunimeke is a complete playmaker who can defend, attack and his field vision is different from Fiji’s top first receivers,” he said.
“Now they have a good combination with Terry and for us they are our babies who can do the unpredictable when they are on show.”