Kearsey happy with reps

Lote Tuqiri (left) and Australia Deaf rugby coach David Kearsey with the Fiji Deaf rugby team during Vuvale tour in Suva on 1st June , 2023. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

Australia Deaf Rugby coach David Kearsey is impressed with the level of talent our deaf rugby players have in Fiji.

Kearsey is in Fiji as part of Fiji Rugby Union and Rugby Australia’s “Vuvale Week” tour, funded by the Australian Government, and conducted a training session with players from Deaf Rugby Fiji and said the attitude and commitment shown by players to turn up at Albert Park on Thursday afternoon was very encouraging.

“It was really important to see them come out and I am partially deaf, so I know the courage it takes for a deaf person to join a team sport,” said Kearsey.

“A lot of them are scared to take part because they’re scared to communicate, so the courage to even try rugby is fantastic and is inspirational to me.

“I’ve played against Fijian teams before and they play good rugby with a bit of Fijian flair.”

Kearsey was quite impressed with the amount of young girls that showed up to the training session and said that it was a step in the right direction for the sport.

“To see this girls taking part, picking up the rugby ball is amazing and it’s a step in the right direction for the sport.”

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