Tuwai devotes talent towards community rugby

Fiji Airways Fiji men's captain Jerry Tuwai during a photoshoot at the St Aloysius College in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Fiji Airways Fiji men's captain Jerry Tuwai. Picture: FT FILE/JONACANI LALAKOBAU

JERRY Tuwai took a break from training to use his talents to lift the the level of rugby and the youths in his community.

Tuwai, who was raised in Newtown, has devoted his time in his community of Newtown, to help youths harness their talent on the rugby field.

“I have been blessed with talents that have made me a good rugby player, it will be unfair to keep that knowledge to myself,” said Tuwai.

For the past three years Tuwai has helped build grassroots rugby in Newtown, a community that is known to be prone to crime, beginning his training with the U16, U19 and the premier team.

“If they are not in school or working, the rugby field can be another option,” said Tuwai.

Newtown Rugby Club are the current Nasinu Rugby Union club competition champions, and Tuwai’s contribution at the grass roots level has bore fruit with the progression of the club.

“Not all of these players will be lawyers, not all of them will be doctors or teachers, some of them will be future rugby stars, and if I can help show them the way, I will do all I can to do so,” said Tuwai.

Captain of the Newtown rugby team Maika Seta said they were grateful to Jerry for not forgetting his community and where he started from.

“The players look up to him, they learn a lot and we are thankful that he can be here to also help players prepare for their upcoming games,” Seta said.

The Newtown Rugby Club will be part of the under 19 Collegiate 7s that will take place on Friday November 9 in Sigatoka.

Tuwai will also feature for the Fiji Men’s National 7s team in the upcoming 2018 Oceana Rugby Sevens Championship this weekend.

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