Club marks 50th anniversary

Belasio Vukiwai, Sakiasi Seru, Navitalai Serevi and Reverend Isireli Kacimaiwai officiate in the cake cutting ceremony during the Nasinu Rugby Club 50th Anniverssary. Picture: JONA KONATACI

The Nasinu Rugby Club celebrated its humble beginning in style with 50th anniversary celebration in Suva on Friday night.

The club pay tribute to the foresight and hard work of its founder Taito Rauluni, who envisioned the need for a rugby club to make the dreams of community based rugby players a reality.

It was then in 1972 that Rauluni, with the help of the late Peniasi Nasalo, established the Nasinu Rugby Club from a small wooden house based out of Nasole.

Chief guest Navitalai Serevi, the elder brother of Fiji sevens maestro and Waisale Serevi, said it was a journey faced with a lot of challenges to be where the union is now.

“We are grateful for the support given to the club members for the past years that enabled us to mold players who have gone up to represent the country,” he said.

“I know the reason he (Rauluni) formed this club was to lure our children away from criminal activities.

“I would like to thank our supporters, especially the mothers and our children, for your continuous support in coming and cheering the players, providing their lunches and being our moral supporters.”

Nasinu rugby has produced players such as the Rauluni brothers Mosese and Jacob, Josefa Rauto, Mosese Tamata, Peni Tora, Swire Shipping Fijian Drua head of athletics performance Nacanieli Cawanibuka, Alifereti Doviverata, New Zealand 7s assistant coach Tomasi Cama Jr to name a few.

Club president Uraia Racule said he joined the club as a player and had seen the club grow.

“We strive to continue developing grassroots rugby in our focus. As the club grows more aspiring rugby players join our ranks.”

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