IT’S GREAT TO BE BACK HOME, SAYS NZ FLYER

Fiji Sun - - Sport - OSEA BOLA Sports Edi­tor Email: os­eab@fi­jisun.com.fj

It was an emo­tional mo­ment for Fiji born New Zealand 7s ris­ing star Amanaki Nicole as he played in front of his home crowd dur­ing the 2018 Ocea­nia Sev­ens Cham­pi­onship at the ANZ Sta­dium, Suva.

Speak­ing to SUNs­ports, the 26-year-old is an­tic­i­pat­ing a break­through in his rugby ca­reer by se­cur­ing a con­tract with the New Zealand Rugby Union for the 2018/19 HSBC World Sev­ens Se­ries.

“It’s such a great feel­ing to be back and play­ing in front of the home crowd such an over­whelm­ing mo­ment for me,” Amanaki who is the son of Pro­fes­sor Robert and Rai­jeli Nicole.

“I per­son­ally hold Fiji in my heart as this is my home coun­try which I am very proud of. “Also, it was great to re­unite with my fam­ily, who have been sup­port­ing me. “Grow­ing up in Fiji makes me feel quite emo­tional and at the same time I’m for­tu­nate to be given the op­por­tu­nity to be able to play against such great lo­cal tal­ents who I get to learn and bet­ter my skills as well. “I’m look­ing for­ward to mak­ing it to the fi­nal team se­lec­tion for the new sea­son of the se­ries in Dubai and hope­fully I can se­cure a con­tract with the New Zealand Rugby Union too.” Amanki who is a for­mer Suva Gram­mar School stu­dent said that since this is his first Ocea­nia Sev­ens tour­na­ment, it has en­abled him to get a feel of what is­land style of rugby is about.

“This has en­light­ened me to keep im­prov­ing and de­liv­er­ing the best in what I do,” he added.

Photo: Grace Narayan

Amanaki Nicole at the 2018 Ocea­nia Sev­ens Cham­pi­onship at the ANZ Sta­dium, Suva on November 10, 2018.

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