Nareki marks one-year with All Blacks 7s yesterday
April 3, 2019 4:01 pm
Fijian-born and New Zealand 7’s winger Jona Nareki, who marked his first year with the All Blacks 7’s yesterday.
It also marks his second appearance for the team in Hong Kong this weekend.
22-year-old Nareki moved to the ‘land of the long white cloud’ as a little boy and says he always dreamed of playing in Hong Kong.
“It’s the biggest tournament in World Series. There are people that I look up that will be playing in the Hong Kong tournament this weekend. People back home in Fiji are always interested and keen to watch the Hong Kong 7s and growing up the Hong Kong 7s was the tournament to watch. Each tournament that I’ve been in just boosted my confidence and each time that I get to represent the black jersey. I definitely have been having a lot of fun in it, and I’m just thrilled to be here.”
NZ is pooled with Fiji, Australia and Kenya in Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, Fiji meets Kenya at 11.37pm on Friday in its opening pool match, they will then play Australia at 5.13pm Saturday before taking on New Zealand at 8.55pm.
The cup quarterfinals start at 2.58pm on Sunday, cup semifinal final begins at 7.41pm and the cup final kicks off at 11pm on Sunday.