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THE SMILING FIJIAN...Taqele Naiyaravaro (left) celebrates a Wests Tigers try with captain Sean Meaney. Photo: Colin Marshall

Scoring 23 tries, delivering his own baby, to earning a NSW representative jersey what a season so far for Taqele Naiyaravaro.

The giant Fijian winger has been in superb form for Wests Tigers in the NSW Cup this season.

His bulky frame, powerful running style and huge fend has quickly made Naiyaravaro a fan favorite amongst supporters. Many are calling for his inclusion into the NRL side such is the strength of the man.

Naiyaravaro was at it again at Campbelltown Sports Stadium last Saturday, scoring two more tries for Wests Tigers in their win over Mounties.

A day later, Naiyaravaro was rewarded for his tryscoring feats when he was the only Wests Tigers player named in the NSW Cup representative team to play the Qld Residents on Wednesday, July 17 at ANZ Stadium, prior to the deciding State of Origin match.

Facing the Queenslanders in front of a vocal sell out crowd will be less stressful for Naiyaravaro than the time he was forced to deliver his first child a few weeks back.

The friendly Fijian told of his experience in how little Ella was delivered.

We went to hospital and we were told that my wife, Ethel, was too early and to go back home, Naiyaravaro said.

As soon as we got home at midday she started feeling the contractions and they kept on coming and coming.

I just thought that if we got into a car or called an ambulance it would be too late, so I just had to deliver it.

It was very nerve-wracking, I thought I was going to faint. I was shocked; I didnt know what to do.

I had the ambulance on the phone at the same time to, so they were talking me through what to do.

It was a very unexpected delivery but I just had to man up, be a true dad and just deliver it.

Helping Naiyaravaro through his first representative game will a familiar face in Wests Tigers NSW Cup Coach Paul Fletcher who has been appointed as an Assistant Coach to Rip Taylor.
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