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Graham Dewes

Position, FMF Flying Fijians Team

Rugby World Cup Ltd

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Graham Dewes joins English Division One Club (20 December 2007) Tai Wesley Named Utah State Student-Athlete Of The Week (17 December 2007)

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Graham Dewes at the Rugby World Cup (18 September 2007)
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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)


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Graham Dewes: Fiji Rugby tour to France, Wales and Italy, November 2010 Evrett Vaurasi plays rugby for Australian Junior Kangaroos Graham Dewes - priceless


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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.
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"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.
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I now feel like a Fijian and proud to be considered for the World Cup, wearing white with my nation at heart," Dewes added.
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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.
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"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.


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Flying Fijians prop, Graham Dewes joined the team in camp yesterday

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Dewes is one of the two players the team were waiting for to join them from overseas before they leave this Friday....
Players in camp include: Graham Dewes, Kelemedi Bola, Alefoso Yalayalatabua, Samu Bola, Leone Nakarawa, Jimilai Nakaidawa, Waisale Vatuvoka, Isireli Ledua, Nasoni Roko, Viliame Veikoso and Vereniki Sauturaga.

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