Botia eyes international contract

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Fiji sevens skipper Levani Botia has one more mission to accomplish in his young colourful rugby career.

The rookie captain hopes to look at his post Rugby World Cup Sevens career and relish the dream of every rugby player — to secure an overseas contract.

He has donned the national jumper at the HSBC Sevens World Series, won International Rugby Board (IRB) tournaments for Fiji and now has secured a ticket to Moscow.

But one more dream is yet to be fulfilled, that is to walk on greener pastures like some of his teammates.

“Yes that is the dream of every rugby player to secure overseas contract,” Botia said.

Times Sport understands that Botia has been eyed by a National Rugby League (NRL) club. However, the 24-year old Wardens Club forward is now focused on carrying the hope of the nation in Moscow. He said he would consider his future after the RWC 7s next week.

“It is a good idea to go overseas because I know rugby will come to an end one day,” Botia said.

“I am already working now but if the opportunity opens up for me then I will look into it. Right now the world cup is what we are concentrating on.”

Botia said he was humbled by his selection to lead the Digicel Fiji 7s team campaign in Moscow.

He urged the public to support his troops in Russia.

The Alivereti Dere-coached side is drawn in Pool E with Uruguay, defending champions Wales and Tonga.

Former national sevens star Tomasi Cama will be the trainer at the RWC.

Botia said Cama’s presence would be a huge boost.

“I know Cama has the experience of playing sevens and I believe his words of encouragement and presence in the team will surely boost the boys,” Botia added.

Fiji plays Tonga in its opening pool match before taking on Uruguay. Fiji’s final pool match is against Wales.

– FT

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