Naduva aims to play at 7s world cup

Alosio Naduva on attack for Fiji against New Zealand during their semi-final clash at the FMG Stadium Hamilton, New Zealand in February this year. Picture: FT FILE

SPEED merchant Alasio Naduva believes the G-factor the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team rely on will help him book a ticket to San Francisco. He wants to taste the glory of winning the 2018 Rugby World Cup 7s title which will be played in San Francisco in July.

“We also use the G-factor in the team which is God, as we always had faith in God to lead our way,” Naduva said.

Naduva’s blockbusting performance in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series could see him earn a ticket to the world cup where Fiji rugby legends Sireli Bobo, Marika Vunibaka, Waisale Serevi, Semisi Naevo, Apolosi Satala and William Ryder had graced the prestigious tournament.

The 27-year-old said he would work hard to earn a spot in the team after the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

“I plan to give my best in the two tournaments next month, come back and work hard to be part of the squad,” he said.

“My aim is to play in the Sevens World Cup and it is something different to win the World Cup which I will never forget in my life after the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”

Naduva, who is a solider by profession, fought hard to defend the country’s pride in the final of the Singapore 7s to score the winning try in the 28-22 win over Australia.

“The team is ready to go and battle again in the last two remaining tournaments of the 7s series in London and Paris.

“We always believe in team work and we score tries through team effort,” he said.

“We are physically fit and ready for the two tournaments.”

Naduva hails from Naweni in Cakaudrove, and was selected in the national side for the Sydney 7s after he earlier represented Fiji in the 2017 Pacific Mini Games where he captained the team to a second place finish.

He had scored 21 tries in the season and earned his first player of the final at the New Zealand 7s in Hamilton.

“The teams are very tough in the series, but only the best team will win the series,” he said.

“I am well supported by the other players in the team and we give all our effort to win the games, but everything is in God’s hand and if He provides the opportunities then we just work according to the plan.”

Fiji leads the series with 145 points, followed by South Africa on 141, New Zealand third on 120 and Australia fourth on 108.

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