Rawaca’s 7s contract

RIO Olympics sevens gold medal winning team member Savenaca Rawaca told this newspaper that negotiations over his overseas contract was still in the pipeline.

Speaking at the Sigatoka Village ground yesterday where he was honoured by the Nadroga/Navosa Festival committee, along with other Nadroga 7s players who were part of the victorious Vodafone Fiji 7s team during the summer Olympics in August, Rawaca said: “I am not rushing into any rugby contract overseas right now, but talks are still underway,” said Rawaca.

Yesterday, he was overwhelmed after he was honoured by the people of Nadroga/Navosa alongside teammates Apisai Domolailai and Samisoni Viriviri taking centre stage to receive gifts and cash prizes. Close relatives of Jasa Veremalua, Kitione Taliga and Semi Kunatani received their awards on their behalf.

Taliga was a member of the Nadroga U20 team before he moved to Nadi.

“I am humbled by the gesture of the chiefs and people of Nadroga and Navosa as to be treated in such a way is only reserved for chiefs,” Rawaca said.

“Since returning from Rio, only the Vunidakua Methodist Church in Suva invited me to a feast and the people of Nadroga is the second place that I have been honoured to be invited and receive cash prize and gifts.

“I played in the Nadroga under-20 team a few years back and gradually moved up into the senior team, than to the Fiji 7s team and Flying Fijians, all thanks to the Nadroga Rugby Union which regarded me as one of their own.

“Even though I am from Bua, but I consider myself to be from Nadroga and a member of the district of Nokonoko where they have affectionately welcomed me with open arms.

“I will always play for the Nadroga team until I retire, in a way to reciprocate their good heart,” said the sevens speed merchant.

A lively meke group from Naduri Village entertained the crowd with lyrics especially composed for the national sevens team’s victory in Rio.

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