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Banuve's challenge

Pravin Narain In Vanuatu
Friday, December 08, 2017

BAU bullet Banuve Tabakaucoro will for the first time play rugby in the Pacific Mini Games after his transition from athletics to the 7-man game earlier this year.

Tabakaucoro had been nursing a hamstring injury, but he was ready to burn his speed in the two-day tournament at the Korman Stadium in Port Vila, Vanuatu starting today.

"It feels a little bit weird since I have been part of athletics competitions in all the regional games and this time I will compete in one of the events, but in a different sport — rugby," he said.

"I will see how things unfold for me on the pitch and I am pretty focused on the task at hand to play for Fiji 7s team.

"I do not regret changing my sport.

"I went to watch the tracks in the stadium and it is really nice and it would have been good to run on it again."

Tabakaucoro earned a name and fame in athletics in the past.

It made him the fastest man in the Pacific after he clocked 10.20 seconds in the 100m— the best all time record in his athletics career.

"If I decide to go back to athletics then it will be another interesting journey," he said.

"I hope to defend the mini games title in rugby," he said.

"I am all for Fiji 7s team now and to prove my worth every moment I get the ball."

He said Samoa and Tonga would give them good competitions.

Fiji plays Nauru at 8pm (Fiji time) tonight and then plays host Vanuatu at 10.20pm (Fiji time.)

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