7s rising star works towards goal

Nasoni Tulavu. Picture: MAIKELI SERU.

Fiji 7s squad member Nasoni Tulavu is working hard to achieve his rugby dream. He wants to play in the World Rugby Sevens Series, the Olympic Games in Japan next year and to become the third villager from Nakorosule, Serea, Naitasiri to represent Fiji in rugby.

The other two Fiji 7s reps were Senivalati Vunibola and Jimilai Naikadawa.

Tulavu, formerly of Lelean Memorial School, is a firefighter based at the National Fire Authority Nakasi Station. He plays halfback and first-five-eighth, about five foot seven inches tall, and has a broad shoulder similar to Fiji 7s rep Asaeli Tuivuaka.

“I am working hard to achieve my rugby dream. I am strictly following the training program given to us by coach Gareth Baber,” Tulavu said.

“I train during my free time, at work and while at home. My target is to play in the World Rugby Seven Series and most importantly the Olympic Games in Japan next year.

“Baber told me that I have the talent and the skills to be a good 7s player. For years I had been praying to be part of the Fiji 7s team. When Baber met me and encouraged me, it was a surprise, a huge honour, a boost and challenge. He said I have the talent, so now it’s me who should grasp the opportunity and rise up to the challenge.

“It is rare for a world renowned coach to personally acknowledge your capability. When that happened to me, it was not only emotional, but a door to a better rugby future opening up.” The NFA has been helping Tulavu towards his dream.

“I am grateful for the National Fire Authority for helping me as a staff to keep fit and to maintain the fitness level that is required in the national squad.

The new NFA fire station in Nakasi has a gym and I am lucky to be stationed in it because one of the requirements of my work is to be fit physically and mentally all the time.

“When gyms and parks are closed, we had been advised to utilise available resources which could help us keep fit. We have training facilities in our station.

“I thank NFA for employing me because when COVID-19 struck, my rugby dream was never shattered, but challenged to become better.”

Tulavu won the Nadroga 7s best player award last year.

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