Hop­ing For 3rd Time Lucky

Born in Bris­bane, Fi­jian for­ward Jayson Bukuya has played in the Na­tional Rugby League for the Cronulla Sharks and New Zealand War­riors.

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In a ca­reer that has been af­fected by in­juries, Jayson Bukuya has found a home in the Suther­land Shire.

Bukuya’s in­ter­na­tional ca­reer be­gan in 2008, the same year he signed a pro­fes­sional con­tract for the Sharks, dur­ing the World Cup in Aus­tralia. He played all four games for Fiji, help­ing his an­ces­tral na­tion to vic­to­ries over France and Ire­land be­fore los­ing to Aus­tralia in the semi­fi­nal.

Five years later, in the 2013 World Cup, it was a case of deja vu for Bukuya as Fiji were again knocked out by Aus­tralia in the semi­fi­nal. Since then, Bukuya moved briefly to New Zealand War­riors, how­ever af­ter only one sea­son he re­turned to Cronulla Sharks. In 2016, as the Sharks won their first pre­mier­ship, he played 25 games, scored five tries and made a big im­pact off the bench in the grand fi­nal.

“I had to hang in there be­cause there were plenty of times I wanted to throw it in,” he told NRL.com dur­ing that dream sea­son.

“By just push­ing through those tough times to where I am now has made it all worth it.”

In the past two World Cups, Fiji have been grouped with Aus­tralia and Eng­land, but this time the Pa­cific Is­land na­tion has the chance to win the open­ing World Cup games against sec­ond tier sides the USA, Wales and Italy. Now a se­nior states­man of the Fiji side, Bukuya will be ex­pected to lead from the front. The Cronulla for­ward rings his mother be­fore ev­ery game and is proud to rep­re­sent Fiji.

“My dad passed away when I was very young but [my her­itage] is some­thing we love to cel­e­brate as a fam­ily.” Fiji’s RLWC 2017 Tick­ets: RLWC2017 tick­ets start at just $10 kids/con­ces­sions, $20 Adults and $45 for a fam­ily of four.

At­ten­tion Fi­jian Fans! The Aus­tralian Fi­jian Rugby League (AFRL) based in Sydney will be or­gan­is­ing bus/coach ser­vices to trans­port Fi­jian sup­port­ers from se­lected pick up lo­ca­tions from Sydney to Can­berra Sta­dium for the Fiji vs Italy match on Novem­ber 10.

For more in­for­ma­tion email at info@afrl.com.au from the Aus­tralian Fiji Rugby League or call Joyce­lyn on +61474498355.

Fan Club: To join the Fi­jian Fan Club (free) and re­ceive up­dates go to www.cul­tur­alpulse.com.au/rug­byleague­fans

My dad passed away when I was very young but [my her­itage] is some­thing we love to cel­e­brate as a fam­ily Ja­son Bukuya Voda­fone Fiji Bati

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Jayson Bukuya of Fiji watches on dur­ing the Rugby League World Cup Group A match against Ire­land at Spot­land Sta­dium on Oc­to­ber 28, 2013 in Rochdale, Eng­land.Photo:

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Jayson Bukuya and Aaron Groom cel­e­brate vic­tory af­ter the 2008 Rugby League World Cup Semi-fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing match be­tween Fiji and Ire­land at Skilled Sta­dium on Novem­ber 10, 2008 on the Gold Coast, Aus­tralia.

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