Bi­tu­niy­ata: I worked hard

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Setareki Bi­tu­niy­ata is one of the new play­ers in the Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s team who left yes­ter­day for the first leg of the World Sevens Se­ries in Dubai.

Rep­re­sent­ing Fiji for the first time, the 21-year-old said this is a mo­ment he has been wait­ing for.

“I am re­ally ex­cited and re­ally looking for­ward to Dubai,” Bi­tu­niy­ata said. “This is a dream come true for me ever since I was a small kid. Grow­ing up this was my goal and my tar­get to ei­ther sign a con­tract or rep­re­sents my coun­try. “Be­ing called up to camp and train with them was a proud mo­ment for me and I gave it my all and now I will be wear­ing the fa­mous white jer­sey. “I know I have worked so hard and I feel like this is my re­ward. “But I want to prove my­self and let ev­ery­one know why I was picked be­cause I worked hard and earned it.

“It is a spe­cial feel­ing know­ing out of all the tal­ented rugby play­ers out there, I was picked to rep­re­sent the coun­try I love.” Bi­tu­niy­ata hails from Toga, Naqal­i­mari in Nadroga and is the nephew of Fiji 7s rep and Olympian Semi Ku­natani.

“Semi con­tin­u­ously en­cour­ag­ing me to do my best and is al­ways giv­ing me ad­vice and he is al­ways push­ing me to work hard.” Edited by Osea Bola

Debu­tant Setareki Bi­tu­niy­ata (fourth from left) and Se­vu­loni Mo­ce­nacagi (sec­ond from left) with fans at the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port yes­ter­day.

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