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Twins have got the magic touch

Monday July 06, 2015 Written by Published in Touch Rugby
Twin brothers Thomas (left) and Jason Potoru are making an impact in touch. Twin brothers Thomas (left) and Jason Potoru are making an impact in touch.

Rugby union is the favourite sport of twin brothers Thomas and Jason Potoru of the Happy Valley.


The talented 19-year-old sportsmen had their hearts set on attending a regional under-20 rugby tournament this year – however that event fell through and instead they are now star members of the national men’s touch side at the Pacific Games in Port Moresby.

The pair trained under rugby coach and their uncle Vaivase Samania for the under-20 rugby team who were looking fit ahead of the cancelled regional tournament.

Samania was then appointed the national men’s coach and decided to make the most of the talented twins and moulded the pair into impressive touch rugby players.

The Potoru twins are two of a number of that under-20 rugby team that have made the national men’s touch rugby team representing the country at the regional sportsfest.

“Its been really good,” say the pair. “We’ve been learning lots!”

Thomas is the elder – although the pair will have to check with mum Tapita and dad Tekura on exactly how far apart they were born – and works at the Ministry of Education while younger twin Jason works for CITC.

They are the youngest in a family of four with their older brothers Vaike and Leon also talented athletes.

In the men’s national touch team, Thomas says he looks up to touch stalwart Andy Kapi while Jason says his favourite touch player is national captain Apii Rau.

When they are not training and playing touch rugby, the twins also represent their Takuvaine club in rugby and soccer.

At the Pacific Games, the twins are certainly proving to be a double handful for their opponents.         

1 comment

  • Comment Link Tapita Rairi-Potoru Monday, 06 July 2015 13:39 posted by Tapita Rairi-Potoru

    15mins apart and Jason been the last one out, brought there placenta along with him all wrapped up in his arms which was a relief to me. Those who had babies would understand......

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