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Young Roqica, the new name in league

By RASHNEEL KUMAR
Monday, October 13, 2008

HE is big and full of potential and has Fijian blood streaming in him, which could be a reason that gives an indication about the feature and skills he possesses.

Junior Vitila Roqica is Australian-born and bred, and the Fijian winger is one of the names surely to shine gold in future.

The 17-year-old attends Holy Cross School in Sydney and was on a tour to Fiji for his West Tigers Under17 team that played against the national U19 side on Saturday.

He dazzled with his fancy footwork and bulldozed his way through the Fiji defence, fascinating the small crowd present to witness the visitors beat the juniors 28-8.

His father Vitila Roqica Senior who hails from Wailevu village in Cakaudrove, Vanua Levu is a military officer.

He used to play rugby union in his younger days.

"My father used to play rugby before, but in union not in league," Roqica said.

"I took this sport because it is exciting and competitive".

The Australian schoolboy's rep has kept his options open to don either the Australian or Bati jumper in future.

"I will take whatever opportunities comes my way", Roqica said.

"If Australia offers me to play for them, I will go for it. If Fiji ask select me than I will play for my home country.

"I have surely have a dream to play for Fiji and hope it come true".

Roqica said that the Fijian players were superb and displayed an enthusiastic game.

"They displayed a good attack and defence game.

"They are really tough to play against," he said.


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