CAKAUDROVE lad Kelepi Namoua is ready to don the national sevens jumper after being called in as a late replacement for the Pacific Mini Games.
The sevens competition at the event will be held on September 10 and 11 in Wallis and Futuna and the 23-year-old is raring to take the field.
The Valeni villager only played competitive rugby during primary school and then left the rugby paddock to concentrate on studies at St Bedes College in Savusavu.
In 2010, he burst onto the sevens stage with the Red Rock side.
Then he made a switch to the Wardens club two years later and featured prominently for the side at the Marist 7s tournament earlier this year.
"That was when I was told that I had the potential to become a national rep and that selectors were keeping an eye on me," Namoua said.
"And now that I am included in the national squad, I am both excited and nervous at the same time."
He said the experience with the 'big boys' had been good so far and he was being treated as one of their own.
"The training and competition is different and higher compared to club level. But the boys have been really helpful.
"They have been talking to me and giving me tips on how to improve my game and teaching the calls and signals."
The other debutant from Savusavu, secondary schools sprint champion Benamino Maravu suffered an injury yesterday but is expected to recover soon.
"I pulled a hamstring this morning and that is the reason why I am limping today (yesterday)," he said.
"But I hope to recover by Friday so that I can resume full training because I really want to play at the mini games."
Namoua will play halfback while Maravu is eyed to man the winger's position.