SIMI Kauvesi is destined to be a rugby player.
Coming from a family of die-hard rugby supporters, the Suva Blues under-14 player fell in love with the sport from a young age.
The New Zealand-born remained committed to the oval ball and yesterday reaped the rewards of his dedication after being named the 2013 Milo Kaji player of the tournament.
An elated Simi was lost for words but later said he was relieved after a hard fought 3-0 win over Nadi in the showdown at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.
"I'm feeling very relieved that it's over and all the training has finally paid off. It was an amazing moment," the International School Suva Year Eight student said.
"I was born in a family who come play rugby."
Simi, who played rugby and rugby league in New Zealand and Australia gets, his inspiration from All Blacks centre Ma'a Nonu.
He admires Nonu's rugged play and good ball skills and hopes to be like him in the future.
"I haven't really made up my mind about choosing rugby as my career, if it happens it happens," Simi added
Proud father Ropate Kauvesi said his son was very passionate about playing rugby.
"He is actually following my footsteps. I played number eight for RKS in Deans in 1991," Ropate added.