Scotland star Joseva Nayacavou retires after five-year world series career

By Machuki Sundaa

Joseva Nayacavou has hung up his boots after five years on the HSBC World Sevens Series circuit, Scotland Rugby has announced.

The 34-year-old made his first appearance on the world series in the 2013-14 season at the Wellington sevens, where he impressed with his ball handling and offloading skills.

Nayacavou was part of the team who went on the win the 2016/17 London Sevens where the Scots beat England 12-7 in the Cup final.

He also enjoyed playing time representing Scotland in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the sevens World Cup in San Francisco.

On its website, Scotland Rugby quoted Niyacavou as saying: “I have had an amazing five years playing for Scotland sevens and I am hugely proud to have worn the shirt so many times.

“I would like to thank all of the players and coaches involved with the sevens for making my experience so memorable. I have made friends for life.”

Fellow Scotland sevens teammate Scott Riddell said on Twitter: “I could watch this highlights all day. Glad you were on our side Jojo. Some amazing memories with you. On to the next one panda!”

Growing up, the Fiji-born forward’s dream had always been to wear a Flying Fijian jersey; he got as far as the finals of the U21 XV trials with no success.

Nayacavou went on the join the British army where he serves to date as a lance corporal based with the 2 Scots. He qualified to play for his adopted country owing to a residency rule.

“Jojo”, as his friends fondly refer to him, owes thanks to former Fijian skipper Netani Talei and Edinburgh No8 for pointing him out to ex- Scotland coach Phil Greening, who later gave him a chance to pursue his dream by joining the world series.

Nayacavou played 38 world series tournaments, scoring 32 tries for Scotland.

Main photo: Scottish Rugby.

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