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Tuqiri urges youngsters to keep following their dreams

December 15, 2015 11:26 pm

Former Australian dual international and Fiji Bati rep, Lote Tuqiri has urged the young aspiring rugby players of Fiji to never give up on their dreams and keep working towards their goals.

The Fiji-born winger says there is a lot of talent in Fiji but opportunities are limited.

“In Fiji, you can get knocked down quite easily here and not a lot of opportunity but keep persevering and getting up and I think you have injuries but you keep getting up. I was very lucky that I didn’t have a lot of injuries. And I prayed a lot before and after games, so I was happy with that.”

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Tuqiri is enjoying a vacation with his family at Castaway Island Resort.

The 36 year old’s first international appearance was with the Fiji Bati in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup, before representing the Australian Kangaroos in 9 Test matches.

Tuqiri then switched to rugby union, where he played 67 Tests for the Wallabies, before returning to rugby league and ending his career with an NRL Premiership title win with the South Sydney Rabbitohs last year.

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