Nitz eyes national U16 rugby jersey

Vailua Nitz.

SIXTEEN-year-old Vailua Nitz has set two objectives after being the Fiji under 16 rugby team extended squad preparing for the Australian Inter-state rugby competition.

That is to be the first person from Kioa Island to represent Fiji in rugby at national level and to secure an overseas contract in the future.

In the under 16 grades, 30 players have been selected to prepare for this competition that would be held in Gold Coast, Australia on September 29 but only 26 players will be selected to represent Fiji.

The Kioan lad attends All Saints secondary school in Labasa but is currently attending a school in Suva in order to continue with his studies and trainings at the same time.

Nitz said being selected to be part of the extended squad was an achievement – especially schooling and residing in Labasa.

“I’ve always wanted to represent Fiji in the future and here’s my chance. My goal is to be the first person from Kioa Island to represent Fiji in rugby and I am also focusing on getting an overseas contract,” Nitz said.

“I know it’s only a dream, but I will try my best to fulfil that dream and make my parents and families proud and to be selected to the national under 16 team will be a stepping stone towards my goal.”

The young rugger was caught off guard coming to Suva after a long time and is trying to adapt to the busy city life.

“I’m living in Nausori with my relatives and my first bus ride was the longest because I took the wrong bus twice but then I managed to understand which one to take,” Nitz said jokingly.

Meanwhile, the national under 16 team will play New South Wales 1, NSW 2 and ACT Brumbies in the pool games before the play offs.

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