Fiji Sun : 2020-08-06



August 6, 2020 sports FROM JAPAN Inoue loves Fiji, rugby WAISEA NASOKIA beaches and well-known for hosting internatio­nal students - that is why I opted to study here.” He is in the country on a student visa and lives with a Fijian family at Rifle Range, Lautoka. “That same year I played for the school’s rugby league Under-15 competitio­n,” he said. “I also played in the Deans Under-16 grade.” He has a younger brother, who is 15 years old and attends Ratu Navula College in Nadi. His father works at a medical company in Japan, while his mother is a kindergart­en teacher. “When I was five years old, my dad wanted me to play a unique sport. Football was well known in Japan compared to rugby. Since then I have played rugby for over 10 years,” he said. “This is my final year in Fiji, and I plan to attend university in 2021.” The Filipe Aliveretic­oached Yasawa U19 side takes on Lautoka at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, tomorrow. NADI J apanese-born Kensaku Inoue is looking forward to play in the Skipper Cup Premiershi­p Under-19 competitio­n. The Ba Provincial Freebird Institute Year 12 student, who plays halfback, came in as a sub for the Yasawa Marlins whey they drew 12-12 with Nadi in the first round. He also helped beat Suva 15-12 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva last Saturday. “I decided to play for the Skipper Cup after I was invited by my teammate and Marlins captain, Alipate Toko,” he said. “Since the Deans Trophy competitio­ns have been called off, I decided to play for Yasawa every weekend. I love Fiji and rugby.” The 17-year old, who is from the Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan, arrived here in 2018 as an internatio­nal student. “In 2015, I came with my family on a family trip, and I loved Fiji, nice people and beautiful Edited by Naisa Koroi Feedback: waisean@fijisun. PARK NO PROBLEM SKIPPER CUP NAMOSI RUGBY UNION BOSS: WE HAVE ASKED FOR EXTRA SECURITY PERSONNEL FROM THE DISCIPLINE­D FORCES SEREANA SALALO and WAISEA NASOKIA confident of defending their home turf on Saturday. “We expect Naitasiri to be tough just like Nadroga and we need to come out stronger in the end,” Nadruku said. “Just like our match against Nadroga, we need to fire from the getgo and play 80 minutes or more.” The prison warden believes his team can repeat the feat in front of their home fans. “The Farebrothe­r-Sullivan Trophy is special, and this is our opportunit­y to defend and keep it,” Nadruku said. personnel from the discipline­d forces. “There will be no temporary sitting provided. People will be asked to stand, given the dimension of the ground.” As with the first two rounds, Fiji Rugby Union and the Namosi Rugby will monitor and ensure that COVID-19 protocols are observed. Namosi scored a big upset beating Nadroga 15-8 at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, last Saturday. Nadruku: Chance to defend, keep it Team captain Sakiusa Nadruku is Farebrothe­r-Sullivan Trophy in 2017, where current coach Asaeli Boko was captain. In order to help in maintainin­g safety and movement of fans, they have requested extra manpower to provide security. Thomson Park has a capacity of 3000 spectators, however only 50 per cent would be allowed in as per Government’s policy in adhering to COVID-19 protocols. “We will do it just as we did in 2018, with ropes tied around to mark the territorie­s,” Saladoka said. “We have asked for extra “We have been preparing throughout with the aim to finish in the top four of the Skipper Cup Premiershi­p and qualify for the final.” The side will bank on Semi Baivi, Eparama Luvata, Akapusi Roqica, Joseva Vunisa, Peni Matawalu, Orisi Ratave and winger Vinata Habosi. Nadruku said training under coach Bill Veikoso and Tau, Nadroga native Asaeli Boko, has been great. SUVA, NADI T ui Saladoka has assured fans that Namosi’s hosting double-header at Thomson Park, Navua would not be a problem. The Namosi Rugby Union president provided the assurance as the defending Farebrothe­r-Sullivan Trophy and Skipper Cup Premiershi­p champions prepare to host Naitasiri on Saturday. Saladoka said they had hosted Suva in 2018, after they won the Edited by Naisa Koroi Feedback: security

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