Meli chases Bati spot

Meli Nabura after the Kaiviti Silktails rugby league team presented its i-tatau at the State House in Suva yesterday. Inset: Highlanders wing Tevita Nabura. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/ FILE

Former Fiji Warriors rep Meli Nabura has forced his way into the Kaiviti Silktails rugby league side for the 2021 Ron Massey Cup in Australia.

Nabura was given a chance to join his older brother and Super Rugby player Tevita Nabura in New Zealand, but because of COVID-19 he couldn’t travel overseas. Now after being given the opportunity to once again represent his country, this time in rugby league, the 21-year-old has set his focus on securing a spot in the Fiji Bati team for the Rugby League World Cup in England later this year.

Nabura was part of the Senirusi Seruvakula-coached Fiji Warriors side in the Pacific Rugby Challenge in 2019 and was in the national U20 team in 2017.

“While waiting for travel restriction to open I switched to rugby league,” he said.

“For me rugby league is much easier to cope with because of our training and the skills compared with union,” he said.

“I have always followed what my heart desires and having faith in myself to work hard and to represent my country again.

“Being part of the Silktails is not as easy as I had to work hard for this because of stiff competition.

“With my selection in the Silktails I’m reaping the benefits of working hard and I aim to do more to make the Fiji Bati squad.”

Nabura played on the wing for the Coastal Roos in the 2020 Vodafone Cup and was also part of the victorious Western Maroons side in the 2020 Vanua State of Origin clash.

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