Aisea Tamani - Auxerrois Rugby Club
- Surname: Tamani
- First name: Aisea
- Date of birth: 28th Jan, 1982
- Place of birth: Lautoka Hospital
- Marital Status: Single
- Club: Rugby Club Auxerrois
- Position: Second Row and Number 8
Q: Which part of Fiji are you from originally? Where did you grow up?
A: I am from Tailevu, but I was brought up in Ba, and Ra.
Q: When did you start playing rugby?
A: I started playing seriously when I was in USP back in 2001
Q: When did you start playing professionally? What clubs have you played in? Tell us briefly about your rugby career. (Your progress through to where you are now)
A: I started earning money from rugby back in 2009. I used to play for USP and Marist Rugby Club in the Suva Competition. I also played for 4 clubs in the Naitasiri Rugby Union and eventually played for Naitasiri too.
Q: What was the “triggering factor” that made you decide to go to France? How did you manage to find (contact) a club in France?
A: Thousands of young guys in Fiji dream of this opportunity. I was fortunate enough to be recommended by Franck Boivert, my former coach at USP.
Q: What has changed in your life since you started playing professionally?
A: There is a much different world out there and I have learned to appreciate all that we have and possess in Fiji
Q: Did you find it easy, as a newcomer, to settle in with the rest of your team mates? To settle in France?
A: It was not easy at all. Coming from a country where the coldest average temperature was 16 degrees Celsius, and landing in freezing conditions to as low as -14 degrees Celsius is a big adaptation. Team mates were not easy as well. It is a totally different culture and the traditions vary much from those back home.
Q: When you first arrived in France, what shocked or surprised you the most?
A: The weather.
Q: What do you think are the biggest differences between living in Fiji and living in France?
A: Cost of living is definitely much higher in France. And there is so much paper work. To renew your bank card, you have to sign a four page contract. Lol!
Q: Is your family with you in France? If not, how often do you visit them?
A: No. I go at the end of every season.
Q: How do you stay in touch with your loved ones back home in Fiji?
A: Mostly through Skype and Facebook.
Q: Why did you decide to come and play in France?
A: It was an opportunity that I had to grab.
Q: What do you like most about France?
A: The scenery, the sights, Paris, the train and metro system.
Q: What do you miss the most?
A: I miss Fijian cuisine
Q: Most memorable match moment as a player?
A: Breaking my nose in France for the third time.
Q: Most memorable moment as a spectator?
A: Witnessing France beat England 12-10 at Stade de France winning the Six Nations trophy in 2010
Q: Favourite rugby player?
A: Sébastian Chabal
Q: Favourite team?
A: Racing Métro 92
Q: How are you coping with your fame as an overseas professional rugby player?
A: It’s more like a brush with reality. Fame is not life at all for me. The problem with fame is that you can be lifted like really high and then thrown down to the pits in an instant.
Q: When your overseas rugby career ends, would you consider returning to play for Fiji?
A: I would if given a chance to impress at trials.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
A: Married with kids in NZ or Australia
Q: Who inspires you the most?
A: My Dad.
Q: We hear many sports people have a lucky charm (special shorts, etc) or even a special ritual they use/do before a big game; do you have one? If yes, what is it?
A: I pray to my ONE source of strength and I never forget to thank Him after the game too.
For more information:
Rugby Club Auxerrois website: http://www.rugby-auxerre.fr
Fédérale 3 Results: http://www.rugbyrama.fr/rugby/federale-3/event.shtml