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Naqelevuki missing again


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, WP on 10 Jul 2008 at 14:04
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Still walkabout in Fiji, Sireli Naqelevuki continued to make a mockery of Western Province rugby when he failed to arrive for the third straight day, and could not be contacted either.

Dale Granger reports for IOL.

It was all hands to the pump at training this week as Dylan Des Fountain fell out of the squad travelling to Kimberley for the Currie Cup game against Griquas with a hamstring injury.

The presence of Naqelevuki would thus have been a godsend had he arrived as scheduled on Monday night, when coach Allister Coetzee and manager Chippy Solomons travelled to the airport in vain to meet the wing-cum-centre.

“We’ve been trying to contact him, but it appears his cellphone has been switched off,” said Coetzee on Wednesday. However, Naqelevuki’s agent had told WP that the player had been put on standby and would be arriving on Wednesday night.

“We’ve got no idea where he is. Funny, because when we were in Auckland during the Super 14 we gave him two days off to go back to Fiji and he came back promptly,” said Solomons.

Two years ago Naqelevuki took weeks to arrive back from Fiji, finally landing with a litany of excuses over his disappearance, a few months before he tested positive for marijuana and was suspended.

Province now have little choice but to take disciplinary action against Naqelevuki, but Coetzee was reluctant to confirm this was the intention.

He said a decision would have to be taken by WP managing director Rob Wagner. Wagner, however, is in Knysna and said earlier this week that he was getting away from rugby for a few days and “enjoying the oysters and beer”.

One can only imagine what Naqelevuki might be enjoying back in Fiji that is keeping him in the country, while the WP coaching staff pull their hair out in frustration.

His absence compounds Province’s potential problem in Kimberley should debutant Morgan Newman break down with an injury. The team will then have to fall back on another rookie, PJ Vermeulen, as cover off the bench.

Naqelevuki would have been an asset in Province’s backline against a team that are no pushovers at home, and where they only lost to the Cheetahs by four points.

The Fijian also received rave reviews for his performance at outside centre in the recent Pacific Cup, his original position before Province recast him in a new role at No 11.



24 Comments

  • hang on… if he plays centre then we have to keep Wylie at wing… permanently? Thats not cool, recast him again!

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.07.08 14:22:30 by molly Reply
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  • where’s kakerlakkie or whatever his name is. Surely he’s a better option. Heard he was brilliant in the vodacom cup.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.07.08 14:25:28 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 2) : huh? Which one is that?

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.07.08 14:29:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Zahier Ryland aka Kakerlakie :roll:

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.07.08 14:32:00 by wpw Reply
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  • Uh… Zhahier Ryland, I had to look it up.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.07.08 14:33:28 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 5) : oh, right… another member of the Hobbit brigade

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.07.08 14:45:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • man, I am so close to retaking top spot

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.07.08 14:47:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • Would love to hear his excuse. He should be fined. A lot.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.07.08 14:49:55 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Top spot for being an annoying ass???

    Top 5:

    1-Hmmm
    2-Hmmm
    3-Hmmm
    4-robdylan
    5-AK

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.07.08 14:58:54 by wpw Reply
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  • :roll: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.07.08 14:59:09 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 9) : keep it up ;)

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.07.08 15:02:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • I bet you Naq….aki is in negotiations with or has already signed for some European club.

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.07.08 15:03:19 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Imagine having this oke and Kabamba in your squad.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.07.08 15:04:34 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 13) : BTW, you guys see that Henjak is also off to Toulon now?

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.07.08 15:06:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ha! I did it!

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.07.08 15:08:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • Who’s Henjak?

    (see I didn’t say ‘whose’ né Rob)

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.07.08 15:10:53 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 16) : Matt Henjak… that oke from the Force who keeps bashing his teammates.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.07.08 15:17:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • I know whose he are Rob…

    (I thought I’d use Reitzworld language)

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.07.08 15:41:48 by wpw Reply
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  • Can i please exchange Kalie Woekie from my FL team if he doesn’t arrive? :wink:

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.07.08 17:35:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : you wanna guess what the answer is?

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.07.08 17:52:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 9) :

    Hey…there is no way Robd pushed me out of 4th spot….like the results audited, encrypted and mailed to me please!??!

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.07.08 19:02:36 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) :

    I don’t need to guess…I got a few answers for him…quoted answers…

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.07.08 19:03:28 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Aiiii Nkaal-voet-koekie….I need you to score me some points in FL…

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.07.08 19:04:19 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 23) :

    Else I’ll trade you illegally…

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.07.08 19:04:40 by Hmmm Reply

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