Rugby League World Cup: Fiji relishing the chance to play at Wembley in a semi-final
Last Updated: 17/11/13 7:41pm
Petero Civoniceva: Could play his final match at Wembley against his old team-mates
Petero Civoniceva is relishing the chance to lead out Fiji at Wembley in a Rugby League World Cup semi-final - and he will be up against his former team-mates, too.
The veteran prop will skipper his native country against Australia, who he played for on 45 occasions, next Saturday after Fiji saw off Samoa 22-4 in the last remaining quarter-final.
"I feel I've been very blessed. I started this rugby league ride in 1998 and to be still here, I feel very proud of that."
The former Brisbane Bronco delayed his retirement to take part in the tournament and will now hope he can stretch out his 15-year career for one more week with a shock success over the Kangaroos.
"It was something we didn't talk about because all our focus and preparation was on this game but we can talk about Wembley now," said Civoniceva.
"It's great feeling to know that potentially my last game will be played at (one of) two amazing venues.
"I feel I've been very blessed. I started this rugby league ride in 1998 and to be still here, I feel very proud of that.
"I'm really looking forward to enjoying the week, taking it all in with my team-mates."
Wes Naiqama scored a try and also kicked five goals to help Fiji comfortably see off their fellow Pacific Islanders at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington.
Aaron Groom and Vitale Roqica also touched down, with Samoa's only response being a 58th-minute try from winger Antonio Winterstein.
"We didn't play perfectly in every aspect of the game but to only let in one try was a massive boost for us," Fiji coach Rick Stone said. "I'm really proud of the boys.
"All our experienced NRL players stood up for us today."
Samoan counterpart Matt Parish admitted the better side had won on the day, saying: "We didn't play that well but overall I'm happy with the tournament.
"Unfortunately we came up against a better team on the day but personally it has been one of the best five weeks of my life."