The Fiji Times »Super Rugby: a chance to play close to home – Benito

Flying Fijians winger Benito Masilevu said many Fijians playing professional rugby abroad would jump at the chance to join Fijian team Drua for a chance to be closer to home.

The former Fiji 7 player who plays for Grenoble in the French Top 14 said most players in the Pacific Islands would dream of replicating what French players are doing there at home.

“It’s great and sometimes heartbreaking to see our French teammates finish their training and go straight to the comfort of their own homes,” said Masilevu.

“And imagine having the same in our own country, where we can play professional rugby and go straight home to you, instead of an apartment.

“It’s something some players here are looking forward to if they decide to make the switch.” Masilevu said that growing up in Fiji, Super Rugby was the only major overseas tournament he watched or even knew.

“Everyone watched Super Rugby at home. I didn’t even know there were other competitions of a similar magnitude on this side of the world until I came to play, ”said the Caukadrove speedster.

For Masilevu, although he enjoyed the opportunity to play in the Super Rugby competition, he believes there are more players who deserve a chance.

“I would love to have a chance, but I’m going to play well in France and it’s time for the other players to shine. But it is indeed a great opportunity for our boys at home, especially our future young players.

“This is an opportunity you should not miss and I know our local players will seize the opportunity with both hands.”

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