Tuidraki out to impress

Viliame Tuidraki has spent the last two years playing in Japan and he will be representing Japan during their match against the Fiji Warriors today. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

PLAYING against his fellow countrymen would be an opportunity of a lifetime for Viliame Tuidraki.

Tuidraki, 22, is the son of former Fiji and Japan rep, Patiliai Tuidraki, who was a member of the Japan 1999 Rugby World Cup squad.

“I am looking forward to the match tomorrow (today),” Viliame said.

“It will be a different feeling playing against my own country, but I cannot wait to run on.

“I will just play hard for Japan and it won’t be easy since the Warriors are a strong side and are good with their skills and offloads but tomorrow (today) we will try and play our best.”

His village is Nakavu in Nadi. He said it had been an honour to play for his adopted country especially debuting in his own home country.

“Playing for Japan is a really great honour, especially at a national level and I am proud of that.

“My first years in Japan had been difficult in terms of communication, but I was glad of the support system from my club and every day is a challenge.”

Tuidraki dedicated his achievements to his family who had been his source of strength.

“I have a supportive family and for that I am thankful. I believe hard work and dedication will get you where you want to be.”

Meanwhile, the Fiji Warriors will not let their guard down against the undefeated Junior Japan this afternoon at 5pm at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay, Suva.

The Seruvakula-coached side will be looking to maintain consistency throughout the game as they are expecting a fast paced play from the Japanese men.

Swire Shipping Fiji Warriors will play Junior Japan at 5pm while Tonga A will face Samoa A in the opening match at 2.30pm.

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