Duo in new 7s king parade

LAR Barbarians Brothers reps Sireli Maqala, left, and Manueli Maisamoa at the Peninsula Hotel in Suva on Wednesday. Picture: RAMA

Sireli Maqala of Burewai, Ra, and Manueli Maisamoa have different backgrounds, but are bonded by rugby.

In the recent past Maqala had been making his name in the Suva rugby circle while Taveuni-born Maisamoa had used his spare time from studies at the Fiji National University to enhance his rugby talents and farming.

“I was born in Taveuni, had my secondary school education at Ratu Sukuna Memorial School in Suva and just recently completed studying Bachelor of Commerce and Accounting at FNU. While waiting for graduation, I am trying my hand at top level rugby,” Maisamoa said.

“I used to play for the Raiwasa Taveuni 7s team and had played in the Coral Coast 7s in Sigatoka and Marist 7s tournament. After studies, I returned to the village to plant dalo and yaqona to help in my further studies and buy my rugby boots.”

For Maqala, rugby in the Capital City had been good in his young career.

“I started in Nabua then worked my way up to the Suva 15s team and had learned from some of Suva’s renowned players,” he said.

The pair would play alongside the current best sevens player in the world, Jerry Tuwai this weekend in the Super 7s Series opener at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka.

They will be part of the LAR Barbarians Brothers teams which has some big names such as off-load king and former Fiji 7s rep Pio Tuwai, Fiji 7s squad members Taniela Sadrugu, Kaminieli Rasaku, Nacanieli Batina and Jiuta Wainiqolo.

“Playing in this team is like answering to the call of the new king of 7s, Jerry Tuwai. We were both excited when he approached us to play for the Barbarians team because this is another chance of exposing our talents,” Maqala said.

“I want to be like him and become one of the best 7s players in Fiji and even the world. As a village boy, I will try my best at Lawaqa Park this weekend,” pitched in Maisamoa.

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