Family support drives Dyer, flyer thanks parents

Fiji Airways Drua team during their training at Bidesi ground yesterday. Picture: RAMA

FIJI Airways Drua player Johnny Dyer is banking on his family support as they take on Melbourne Rising at Ratu Cakobau this afternoon.

The Manuduitagi, Naduri, Macuata lad is among the three players who will be making their first appearance for the Drua team.

Dyer, who is eyeing a spot in the national team says it really gets tougher every day as they try to fight for their spot in the team.

He thanked his family especially his father for supporting him throughout his rugby career.

“My parents are my source of inspiration so as my siblings, they taught me even though we didn’t have much we will always be grateful and thankful we have each other,” he said.

“They always say if we ever made it big, never to forget where we came from, the struggles and everything we have been through, always stay humble.”

Since joining the Drua team, he said the team bonding was the most important element.

“To know each player in the team helps improve our skills to execute our game plan.”

Dyer who has maternal links to Lasekau, Bau in Tailevu was brought up in Vatukoula with his two brothers and three sisters.

In 2016, after playing in the Pacific Rugby Championship and returning from Uruguay playing for the Fiji Warriors, he got an offer from an agent to play in New Zealand.

He joined South Canterbury at the same year and in 2017 he joined Bay of Plenty.

Dyer said his experience playing for top clubs in New Zealand had motivated him to showcase what he has learnt for the past two years.

The 25-year-old plays for Malolo Rugby in the Vodafone Vanua Challenge where he was picked by Drua coach Senirusi Seruvakula.

“Always believe in God and yourself, you may fall or fail now and again but don’t lose hope keep going forward,” he said.

“If you work hard and stay true to yourself everything else will fall in to place and work itself out.”

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