Eminoni Nasilasila is one of the new faces in Ben Ryan's Fiji Sevens squad for the opening leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series, he is a Rugby League convert that had expected his rugby skills to take him overseas
The wait was finally over early this week for Eminoni Nasilasila.
This was after he was selected as one of the four new Vodafone Fiji 7s reps to the Gold Coast 7s next month.
He hails from Namatakula Village in Nadroga and began his career with rugby league and has been a member of the Vodafone Fiji Residents side for three years.
“I was 18 years old when I started playing for the Fiji Residents,”he said.
“I thought I will secure a overseas contract and end my career in rugby league.
“The journey was not easy for me but I knew that there were many doors and I trusted myself.”
The 22-year-old waited for an overseas contract for three years and switched to rugby union and played for Ratu Filise Rugby Club. He later joined the Hideaway Hurricanes 7s team where he was identified by Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan.
“When I switched to rugby union I only had one goal and that is to don the national jumper,” he said.
“And now when I was selected to be part of the squad and making the cut to the Gold Coast 7s team, it was a dream come true.
“Deep in me, I knew that this was possible because of all the sacrifice and hard work that I’ve made since I was 18-years old.”
The halfback did not play in provincial rugby but Ryan is expecting good things from the new halves combination of Nasilasila, Osea Kolinisau and Emosi Mulevoro.
“This will not be an easy battle and I’m looking forward to prove myself to the world and my aim now is to play in all the HSBC Sevens World Series.
“Coach Ben and the senior players in the team have been very helpful and we are all teaming up to win,” he said.
Some family members who have established their names in the sporting arena include cousin South Sydney Rabbitohs player Lote Tuqiri and his granduncle’s Noa Nadruku.
“I want to thank Ratu Filise RC coach Etika Tovilevu and Hideaway Hurricanes coach Peniasi Damu for their assistance.”