IT may seem like a fairy tale run for Benito Eremasi but the 23-year-old does not believe in luck. Hard work for him is the key to success.
And the Vakativa, Cakaudrove lad hopes to soar to new heights following his selection in the Digicel Fiji sevens 21-member squad.
Just weeks ago, Eremasi was just any rugby player sweating it out on the field to achieve his dream of playing for the national 7s team.
Times Sport highlighted the brilliant performance of the Lomaiviti Babas player at the Bure 7s last month and Alifereti Dere eventually drafted him into the national training squad.
"The hard work starts here (in the national squad). It's not easy making the final team and I have to work harder than what I thought to stay in contention," Eremasi said.
"It's about keeping up the pace and I have been doing that from the club level. It's just a week away for my dream to finally come true."
Rubbing shoulders with some of his heroes in the national squad, Eremasi believes they provide a good motivation for him to become better every day.
"When you play with these experienced players, it's important to step up to their level because they can't come down to yours," he said.
"They have been motivating me with some important tips in the camp. It's a big challenge keeping up to their level."
Eremasi, who is gunning for the winger's position, is willing to put his body on the line to ensure his parents get a perfect New Year's gift from him.
During a scrimmaging session with the Army team at the Suva Grammar School grounds yesterday, Eremasi showed superb skills to break the opponent's defence and acceleration to gallop for the try line.
"I'm learning from my mistakes every day. I just thank the Lord for giving me this opportunity because without His support, I wouldn't have been here."