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Evans credit Fijian influence with his success

Roosters enforcer Kane Evans is the latest rising star in the Australian National Rugby League to credit Fijian influence with turning his career around.  Jarryd Hayne told the media the experience of playing for Fiji in the 2008 World Cup made him the man he is today and now Evans credits his inclusion into the […]

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February 13, 2016 5:12 pm

Roosters enforcer Kane Evans is the latest rising star in the Australian National Rugby League to credit Fijian influence with turning his career around. 

Kane Evans in during a Fiji - Australia match at the Rugby League World Cup 2016 Photo: Triple M
Kane Evans during a Fiji – Australia match at the Rugby League World Cup 2016 Photo: Triple M

Jarryd Hayne told the media the experience of playing for Fiji in the 2008 World Cup made him the man he is today and now Evans credits his inclusion into the Fiji Bati in the 2013 World Cup for his success.

Along with Eels winger Semi Radradra, Evans is one of two Fijian representatives in the World All Stars team to take on the Indigenous All Stars at Suncorp Stadium tonight with Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand and England also represented.

Now 24 years of age, Evans played five Tests for Fiji as a 21-year-old at the 2013 World Cup but said it was the pre-tournament camp in Fiji that helped him to forge a deep connection with the nation of his mother’s birth.

Our Fijian culture is based on God and ever since I went on camp with the World Cup Fijian team with Petero [Civoniceva], my life’s turned around since then. I’m just so proud to be a Fijian,” Evans told NRL.com.

Evans said being in camp with the World All Stars had been a great week of getting along.

We’re all representing different nationalities but we’re all bringing our own sense of humour.
Just to see everyone together and listening to all the banter and everyone getting along and playing together, it’s a great week.

Kane Evans (far right) with World All Stars teammates Adam Reynolds and Trent Merrin at Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. Photo: NRL.
Kane Evans (far right) with World All Stars teammates Adam Reynolds and Trent Merrin at Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. Photo: NRL.

Evans said he had learnt from Petero Civoniceva that although he was playing Origin and for Australia his whole career, the last two years of his career he spent playing for Fiji in the World Cup was one of the best camps that he’d ever done.

That’s big words coming from him and I think that goes with the Fijian culture.
It’s a hard decision because that’s the best life experience I’ve had.
If I had to pick between Fiji and Australia, I couldn’t pick because I’m half of each and I’m so proud of both cultures that are in me.

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