Temo says door of opportunity open for Pacific ruggers

Fiji Warriors halfback Frank Lomani in action during the World Rugby Pacific Combined team training session at Albert Park in Suva. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

Fiji Warriors halfback Frank Lomani in action during the World Rugby Pacific Combined team training session at Albert Park in Suva. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

PACIFIC islanders are talented rugby players, says Fiji Warriors back row Temo Mayanavanua.

He is part of the 30-member World Rugby Pacific Combine squad selected during the recent World Rugby Pacific Challenge in Suva.

The Cautata, Bau, Tailevu lad thanked World Rugby for putting together the squad because it recognised young talents and provided them with overseas contracts.

“This is a great opportunity for the island boys to see how we can match up against other Tier One nations,” Mayanavanua said.

“We are islands that are full of raw talents, so it is hard to select the final best players who are worthy for contracts.

“I am honoured to be chosen from Fiji to be part of this project. Coming into this environment, we learn new things every day.

“Rugby has brought us closer with our island brothers from Tonga and Samoa. It is not just to learn skills, but also their culture and values.”

The 20-year-old former Fiji under-20 captain says rugby begins from the grassroots level and with the initiative it will develop more young players in the future.

“Credit goes out to our major unions for having faith in us and Fiji Rugby Union for giving us the opportunity to showcase our talent.

“These opportunities have allowed us to open another door to expand our rugby career and I am thankful to World Rugby for helping us expose our talents to the world.”

The team continued their training at the High Performance Unit gym in Nasese, Suva, yesterday.