Graham Dewes, Member, Team, Counties Manukau RFU
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Member, Team

Local Address: Manukau, New Zealand
Counties Manukau RFU

Employment History

  • Position, FMF Flying Fijians Team
    Rugby World Cup
  • Yellow Card
    Fiji No.1
  • Lomaiviti Barbarians

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Division One Club
    United Kingdom
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FIJI rugby prop Graham Dewes ..., 1 Jan 2009 [cached]
FIJI rugby prop Graham Dewes and centre Seremaia Tagicaki-bau played key roles for Counties Manukau, which beat Northland 37-21 in the Air New Zealand Cup on Thursday night.
Rotuman Sports, 1 Jan 2007 [cached]
Graham Dewes joins English Division One Club (20 December 2007) Tai Wesley Named Utah State Student-Athlete Of The Week (17 December 2007)
Graham Dewes at the Rugby World Cup (18 September 2007)
Graham Dewes named to FMF Flying Fijians team for the Rugby World Cup (15 July 2007) Dream comes true for rugby prop, Graham Dewes (25 May 2007) 2007 Rotuman Volleyball Tournament in Fiji (19 May 2007) New Era for Satarua (19 May 2007) Graham Dewes makes Flying Fijians Squad (14 May 2007)
RiJ Vol [cached]
Yellow Card : Graham Dewes, Fiji No.1.
Fiji : 1- Graham Dewes, 2- Sunia Koto, 3- Viliame Seuseu, 4- Isoa Josefa Domolailai, 5- Kele Leawere (c), 6- Semisi Naevo, 7- Samu Bola, 8- Netani Talei, 9- Jone Daunivucu, 10- Alipate Tani, 11- Timoci Nagusa, 12- Seru Rabeni (c), 13- Waisale Suka, 14- Filimoni Bonavucu and 15- Taniela Rawaqa.
Forwards : Graham Dewes, Sunia Koto, Isoa Josefa Domolailai, Kele Leawere (c), Semisi Naevo (NEC), Samu Bola, Netani Talei, Viliame Seuseu, Sireli Ledua, Alefoso Yalayalatabua, Leone Nakarawa, Sakiusa Matadigo,
Rotuman Sports, 1 Jan 2007 [cached]
Originally from Rotuma, Graham Dewes had never set foot in Fiji. Playing for Auckland Marist in New Zealand, he found out about the national trials from a friend.
Dewes with his strong spirit, pressed on despite knowing his chances would not come easy.
Graham Dewes
Graham Dewes
"I attended the first trials in Sigatoka and there were all these players that spoke fluent Fijian that had lived in Fiji or kept in touch with their heritage and here I was, totally new to the country despite knowing that this was where I came from," he reveals.
Dewes impressed national selectors so much that he was chosen for the Pacific Nations Cup and featured in all of Fiji's game after Japan.
"I felt like I had robbed someone else of that position, someone who deserved it because they knew more about Fiji than I did. But I also wanted to live my dream and this was the first wall down."
Now having being included in the national team to France in September, Dewes believes this was truly his calling.
I now feel like a Fijian and proud to be considered for the World Cup, wearing white with my nation at heart," Dewes added.
WITH no connections in the Fiji Rugby fraternity, New Zealand-based rugger Graham Dewes does not regret joining the Lomaiviti Barbarians team to the QVS Old Boys International 7s tournament in March.
"I had Fijian friends back at home who told me to try out so I tagged along with the Lomai Sevens team just to see if I could get in for the trials," he said.
"It was at this trip that I met Pio (Bosco) and Ilivasi (Tabua) and they encouraged me as well to come to the trials and see what happens," Dewes said.
Born and raised in Suva, Dewes left Fiji at the age of 9 while a student at International Primary School.
His mum Ofa Panapasa, who grew up in Suva, hails from Tonga and has maternal ties in Noatau, Rotuma, and because of this, Dewes was always enthusiastic about donning the Fiji jumper someday.
"It's always been a dream for me to play for Fiji but I've been away for so long and I really can't explain how I felt after being named," Dewes said.
"My dream is now coming true and I now feel so at home with these boys and proud to be in the Fiji squad for the World Cup," he said.
"First it was a huge relief after the nervous week leading up to the trials but I was really excited especially being a new kid on the block," he said.
"I'm ready for any challenge and will give it my best to everything that comes along," he said.
Rotuman Sports, 1 Jan 2007 [cached]
FLYING Fijians loosehead prop Graham Dewes is the latest national rugby rep to secure an overseas contract.
Dewes has joined English division one club, Esher from Surrey on a month's trial, making his debut off the bench in the 17-12 victory over Plymouth over the weekend.
Dewes, 25, made a lasting impression at the Rugby World with his match-winning try against Wales picked as the try of the year for Fiji rugby.
"It's great news that Dewes has gone over to England," Tabua said. "That has been our aim.
Esher director of rugby Mike Schmid expects the deal for Dewes to be extended for the rest of the season.
Trainer Henry Elder said Dewes was a dedicated player who had a lot of offers and had chosen the best one.
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