THE Fijian influence at Hamilton Boys High School (HBHS) is stronger than ever.
After producing international Fijian players such as Save Tokula, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Albert Vulivuli, Sikeli Nabou and Henry Speight, who are now professional rugby players, another two young players are following suit.
Samuel Chongkit and Paula Narawa are building their own reputation in New Zealand playing for the Hamilton 1st XV.
The duo helped Hamilton win the Chiefs Cup, the Moascar Trophy, the Super 8 Competition, the Reality Trophy, the Boot and the Thomas Cup.
Chongkit, a former Marist Brothers High School student, is rated as the best schoolboy lock with his ability to secure the ball as a dynamic line-out jumper.
He has been named man of the match on several occasions.
Narawa, the outside centre for the victorious Queen Victoria School under-18 team last year, has impressed on the wing after recovering from several frustrating injuries.
Playing on the wing, Narawa has become a feared weapon scoring seven tries in the past three games. His defence is a very strong feature of his game and he has been responsible for gaining the team several vital turnovers each time he has played.
HBHS deputy headmaster and coach Nigel Hotham said the two players had played a huge role in the team.
Hotham said Chongkit and Narawa had promising futures.
"It has been very pleasing that they have not only been standout players on the rugby field, but also hardworking academic students and fine young men," he said in a statement to Times Sport.
"Both players are now involved in making decisions about where they will play next season and both hope to take up professional contracts either in New Zealand or overseas. One thing is for sure, they are names that you will definitely hear in the future."
The side beat Hasting Boys High School 77-11 to complete the tough Super Competition on an unbeaten note and secured the Super 8 title for the sixth time in the past seven years.
HBHS 2013 record
vs St Pauls won 64-0
vs Wesley College won 37-3
vs Tauranga Boys College won 28-27
vs Rotorua Boys High School won 47-0
vs Auckland Grammar School won 26-20
Super 8 Competition
vs New Plymouth Boys High School won 35-7
vs Palmerston North Boys High School won 37-21
vs Rotorua Bioys High School won 43-10
vs Tauranga Boys College won 26-21
vs Napier Boys High School won 34-10
vs Gisborne Boys High School won 45-3
vs Hastings Boys High School won 77-11