MOSESE Varamusu can be easily mistaken for Osea Kolinisau.
Like Kolinisau, Varamusu is ginger-haired, is similarly build and somewhat a resembling look as well.
The only major difference between them on the field is probably the experience the two possess.
Kolinisau is a household name in sevens rugby having represented the Fiji 7s team since 2008 while Varamusu is hoping to break into the national team during the 2012/13 International Rugby Board Sevens World Series.
And the Tokou, Ovalau villager is hopeful of being the first from his family to don the national jumper in the international 7s circuit.
“I have been trying for the past three years to join the Fiji 7s team but couldn’t make it. This is the furthest I have come and I’m hoping to make the first leg of the series in Gold Coast.”
The 26-year-old flanker has been playing for Ovalau in the Digicel Cup competition since 2010.
Prior to that, he played for the Marist CYM club in the Ovalau Rugby Union club competition.
“I didn’t enjoy playing in the club competition so I joined Ovalau team in 2010 and since then I have been trying to make the Fiji 7s team,” Varamusu said.
National 7s coach Alivereti Dere spotted Varamusu during the Ovalau-Tailevu clash in the Digicel Cup competition earlier this year.
Dere later met him at a coaching clinic the Fiji Rugby Union conducted in Levuka where he invited Varamusu to attend the Fiji 7s fitness test.
“I passed the fitness test and was roped in the 43-member squad and maintained my spot in the 24-member squad.”
Varamusu, who is the 9th in the family of 12 — nine boys and three girls — is carrying the hopes of many.
He knows that is enough motivation to make the national team and eventually realise his dream of playing in the 7s Rugby World Cup next year and the Rio Olympics in 2016.
But as for now, Varamusu isn’t willing to shred his ginger-hair - the trademark of the 7s star Kolinisau.
And he has his reasons for this.
“I can’t cut my hair until after three years as I am observing a three-year taboo since my father passed away last year after a long illness.”