Chiefs’ Fijian to play for Fiji

WHEN Flying Fijians Setareki Tamanivalu runs on to the field this Saturday in their game against the Crusaders, his efforts will be for the people of Fiji.

The destruction of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston is one that has made the Chiefs centre wish he was home to assist wherever he could.

“When I heard the news I thought of my family back home and the Fijian people,” he told

“To think what they’ve been through — I wish I was there to help. I really want to go help clean up or something and help my family.”

Worried like every other overseas-based Fijian that could not make contact with their families, Tamanivalu was relieved to have been able to speak to his sister on Monday and is keeping his fingers crossed now that he would be able to speak with his mum who was in the Yasawas when Severe TC Winston struck.

“I’ve been trying to get a hold of them over the weekend. My sister and them are all good, no one is injured or anything. The houses are just wet — leaking from the storm.

“Play for the family back home, for the stress they’re going through at the moment.

“This weekend is all about seeing where we are at after the off-season and pre-season; I’m looking forward to getting out there.”

The 24-year-old has been living in New Zealand since 2011, after he received a rugby scholarship from Saint Kentigerns in Auckland. This is his second season with the Chiefs.

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