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Brothers in arms

Emoni Narawa
Thursday, May 31, 2012

THEIR father played football at national and district level, however, brothers Joshua and Samuela Kerevi have chosen to be brutal and physical, preferring rugby rather than kicking the round ball in a soccer field.

The duo are part of the Baby Flying Fijians team that jetted out of the country at the Nadi International Airport yesterday.

Joshua, 19, a former Natabua High School student is the elder sibling while Samuela, 18, is one of the overseas-based players in the team. Samu migrated to Australia while he was four years old and is based in Brisbane.

Joshua who is a student at the University of the South Pacific (USP) stands at 190 centimetres tall, weighs 96 kilograms while Samu is 185cm in height and tips the scale at 104. The brothers both played centre and it will be interesting to see them making the midfield combination in any matches in South Africa next week.

They last played together for the Queensland Bati team in Australia and now they are making a family reunion at the International Rugby Board Junior World Championship.

The brothers from Vuda, Viseisei said they were both happy to be named in the Fiji U20 side. It is a surprise to us, we never expected it but we are thankful to the Lord for allowing us to play alongside once more at this Junior World Cup," Samu said.

It is good we are together in the team once again," Joshua said.

Dad, Nimilote was a former Fiji rep and also featured for Suva and Rewa at district level.

Joshua said it was the school he attended that resulted in him picking up the oval ball rather than the round soccer ball which his father once loved during his playing days.

I never thought to follow my dads footsteps but maybe it was the school that I attended. They were playing rugby so that it where I started my love for the sport," a soft spoken Joshua said.

We will go out there and give our best performance for our family, friends and especially for Fiji," Samu added. The side flew out of the country yesterday with the ambition to finish in the top four at the International Rugby Board Junior World Championship in South Africa.

Fiji faces strong opponents in Wales, Pacific rivals Samoa and defending JWC champion New Zealand in Pool A. Fiji finished in its best ever at 6th position in last year's JWC. Flying Fijians head coach Inoke Male coached last year's team that recorded two wins from five games.

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