A Dream Come True for Samoca
22 June, 2012
The Flying Fijians had their Captains Run earlier today at Lautoka’s Churchill Park, and for newly appointed captain Setefano Samoca, it was dream of a lifetime to be chosen to lead the team against Pacific Island neighbors Tonga in their Pacific Nations Cup match tomorrow.
The 31 year old Bua native started his career in rugby, playing club games for the Naitasiri rugby club, but due to an injury he returned to Vanua Levu to
In 2008 he returned to the rugby field playing for Northern Sharks until he joined the Nadroga Rugby Team, where he was spotted by then Flying Fijians coach Ilivasi Tabua and from then on he has never looked back.
For Samoca, earning the captaincy role is a dream come true. “I was very happy because this is everyone’s dream, to be given the responsibility to captain a team which is a huge role to play, and with this role comes big responsibilities”.
He says that he is ready to take on the role tomorrow but will need all the help he can get. “I am ready, but my job will only be made easier with the help of my team mates, because without them I cannot do it alone” he said.
In his career as a Flying Fijian, Samoca has played against the Tongans three times, and has labeled them as tough opponents. But he has been psyching up the boys and reminding them that the only team that is mentally and physically prepared will be the winner at the end of the day.
Born the only child in his family, he has more than family pride to play for as he is now the man of the house after his father passed away. And with his wife four months pregnant there could be another Flying Fijian on the way.
The Flying Fijians take on the Ikale Tahi Tongans tomorrow at Lautoka’s Churchill Park at 3.30pm.