Nakavu welcomes France rugby player Veredamu

Fijian-born French 7s player Tavite Veredamu with fiance Elise Delford pictured with families and relatives during their welcoming celebrations at Nakavu village in Namosi on Thursday, August 02, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

A HUMBLE beginning that led to his stardom in the world rugby arena is something that will be cherished by the villagers of Nakavu in the province of Namosi.

Fijian-born France rugby 7s player Tavite Veredamu was welcomed by his families and relatives yesterday in a traditional ‘vakamamaca’ ceremony after four years since he last set foot on his village in Nakavu, Namosi.

Families gathered not only to welcome their hero but also with the presence of his girlfriend Elise Delfort who accompanied the French robust forward on his visit.

Veredamu said representing France in rugby sevens was an honour, especially counting down on the days he would visit his family back in Fiji.

“It’s an honour for me to play in the IRB Sevens Series knowing that my families back in the village are in front of their television supporting me. And coming back to meet them after four years is just overwhelming and they have been supportive with my rugby career, especially featuring for the first time in the France 7s team,” Veredamu said.

The Nakavu villager who also shares maternal link to the chiefly family was emotional while delivering his vote of thanks after he was given a traditional welcome followed by a thanksgiving service by the village pastor.

Veredamu and his girlfriend will depart for France on August 24.

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