Fiji Airways Fijian 7s forward Josua Vakurinabili revealed that his
Dad the late Tui Conua Ratu Luke Veidovi played a vital role in shaping
up his rugby career.

Growing up as an ordinary kid in his village in Vatukarasa, Nadroga,
the lanky forward never imagined that one day he would go on to don the
Fijian 7 jersey and represent the nation at the World stage.

Vakurinabuli always had doubts about what life have in stored for him
but his dad the late Ratu Luke always pushed him to achieve new and
greater things.

Ratu Luke the late chief of the Tikina o Conua in the Nadroga
Province passed away last week Monday and will be succeeded by
Vakurinabili’s older brother Ratu Inia Tukere.

A man of dedication and support for his family and the Vanua affairs
as Josh emphasised, Ratu Luke had been a crucial factor towards
Vakurinabilis’ growth and achievements to this day.

“If it wasn’t for Dads guidance and mentorship, life would have taken other direction for me.”

Vakurinabili said “Everything I’ve achieved in life is through this
humble man’s continuous support in my life which I’m so very thankful

He added “There’s always hardship and struggles growing up in the
village, for me I manage to overcome all these hardships as dad always
guided and supported me when I was a kid to where I am now.”

“Dad always encouraged me to strive for what I opt for in life and that is something that always keeps me going.’

“Even when I’m at the lowest point in my life, he is always there.”

His words of encouragement that echoes in my head that and will always keep me going” said Vakurinabili.

Josua Vakurinabili played a total of 143 matches in the 2019-20 series and raked in 235 points plus 47 tries.

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