Former MBHS student back home
2 April, 2018, 12:00 am
FORMER Marist Brothers High School fullback Selesitino Ravutaumada was happy to play against his Fiji brothers during their friendly match at Bidesi Park on Saturday.
The Naselesele, Taveuni lad played for Marist in the Deans Trophy in 2015 in the under-15 grade and was awarded a scholarship to New Zealand to join Rotorua Boys High School.
After three years he returned to Fiji accompanying his school on their off-season training program.
“I am happy to be back home, it has been a great journey for me and I am grateful to all the support from my family all throughout this years,” he said.
“For me personally playing against my Fijian brothers tested my skills and techniques especially my speed. To play against a tough team like Fiji showed us what some of our weaknesses were.
“Fiji has a lot of talent and seeing some of the players today (Saturday) they were huge and tall despite their age. Fiji has a good size and to be honest they nailed us but I am glad the boys are here to witness this kind of competition.”
The 18-year-old said it was hard for him to leave his family and to witness a new environment.
“But I never gave up hoping that one day all my hard work will pay off especially the support my parents gave me while I was away.”
He hoped that one day he will represent New Zealand in the under-18 and also in 7s.
He also wants to join the Chiefs under-18.