PUNJAS PACIFIC ISLANDERS
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Sitiveni Sivivatu (Fiji - wing)
Born: 19 April 1982 in Suva, Fiji
Club: Te Awamutu Sports, Waikato
Height: 1m74 (59")
The subject of a New ZealandFiji tug of war, young winger Sivivatu gave up the opportunity to represent his motherland in order to pursue his dream of playing for the All Blacks. He becomes eligible for New Zealand in December this year after the IRB ruled that his years at Wesley College did not count towards his residency. Sivivatu played fullback for Ratu Kadavulevu School in Fiji for two seasons before being offered the Wesley scholarship. He made his first NPC appearance for Counties Manukau whilst still at Wesley in 2001, then became the only second division player to win a Super 12 contract in 2002 and was later named NPC Division 2 Player of the Year. He played a strong part in the Chiefs run to the Super 12 semi-finals this year and even played in the All Black trials.
Father's village: Naboutini, Cakaudrove
Mother's village: Veivatuloa, Namosi
Grew up in Fiji
1997-98 RKS, Fiji (fullback)
1999-2001 Wesley College, NZ (wing/centre)
2001-03 Counties Manukau NPC (20 games, 24 tries)
2003-04 Chiefs S12 (21 games, 7 tries)
2002 NPC Division 2 Player of the Year
Hobbies: Listening to Island music.
Best rugby memory: Reaching the semi-finals of the Super 12.
Worst rugby memory: Surgery on my shoulder.
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