IT’S GREAT TO BE BACK HOME, SAYS NZ FLYER
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.
Amanaki Nicole at the 2018 Oceania Sevens Championship at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on November 10, 2018.