Tamani dreaming of second World Cup win
Great Britain Armed Forces player Tim Tamani is hoping to collect his second World Cup winners’ medal in the Armed Forces World Cup final on Saturday July 13.
Tamani is one of only five current squad members who featured during the 2008 Armed Forces World Cup in Australia and the Fijian-born powerhouse is relishing the prospect of successfully retaining the title.
"In 2000 I applied to join the British Army and got accepted in 2003 and joined the Army," said Tamani.
"It's a major honour for me to now be able to represent Great Britain in international competition and to pull on the jersey fills me with immense pride every time.
"I'm one of only five players still remaining from the 2008 World Cup, so I'm an old head in the squad, but the competition is very important to me personally and I will give my all to retain the trophy.
"The standards have risen since 2008 and it's even tougher than before, but that's what you expect in a World Cup and we've responded very well so far."
Great Britain have looked impressive in their two competitive games so far, overcoming New Zealand and Serbia and with a game against Australia to come before the final Tamani says the ethos of the forces ensures the squad will not give up until the trophy is theirs.
"Playing in this competition is important for all of us," he said. "Only 25 men get this chance and we know how privileged and honoured we are.
"Only 17 get to play in a match as well so there are some guys who have been disappointed not to play yet, but we all come together and we are a strong unit and we play for each other.
"That spirit is something that fits naturally with the sport of Rugby League.
"Relentlessness on the pitch, determination to succeed and the team spirit and camaraderie of the game are all traits that transfer across to the services so Rugby League has a natural bond with the forces and we are all determined to win the World Cup for all of Rugby League in Great Britain."
The public are welcome to attend all Armed Forces World Cup matches. The fixture 10 July will take place on pitch at the Budd VC Gymnasium on Berechurch Road, with the final on 13 July being played at the Garrison B Ground on Circular Road North.
The Armed Forces World Cup Final at Colchester Garrison will be free of charge, but fans will be encouraged to make a donation to Services charities.