Wests Tigers winger Taqele Naiyaravaro is hoping his first representative jersey will help him achieve his ultimate goal to play NRL this season.
The explosive winger will pull on the NSW Residents jersey to play Qld Residents at ANZ Stadium next Wednesday night prior to the third State of Origin match.
A player with tremendous power and speed, Naiyaravaro has crossed for 23 tries this season for Wests Tigers in the NSW Cup competition after playing in the front-
row last year.
The new father of one cant believe how 2013 is panning out for him.
Im still in shock about what has happened. I like to thank God for everything. It is through him that I have got all of this, he said.
Religion is a big part of my life and I pray to God every morning and night. None of this would be possible without him in my life.
Playing in front of a big crowd next week is going to be a totally different experience for me. I cant wait.
Although honoured about pulling on the NSW Residents jersey, Naiyaravaro says he must keep working harder on his positing in defence if he is to follow in the footsteps of fellow Fijian wingers in team-mates Lote Tuqiri and Marika Koroibete.
Lote and Marika have taught me so much about positioning and what I need to do, he said.
I feel like Im ready to play first grade. Im just waiting for my chance now.
Apart from Naiyaravaro, Wests Tigers will be represented in the NSW Residents side by respected NSW Cup Coach Paul Fletcher (assistant coach) and Sean Rutgerson (trainer).