TWO young Fijian referees are eager to step on the field in their first ever international assignment as senior referees.
While Kaveni Talemaivalagi has officiated overseas as a touch judge and assistant referee, he is looking forward to being the man in the middle at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna.
As for Tevita Rokovereni, he is nervous, as he has never officiated overseas.
The two will be in action today when the rugby competition begins at 9am.
Talemaivalagi, a PEMAC teacher at Lelean Memorial School took up refereeing in 2005 and he said it suited him rather than playing.
"Everyone wanted to play but nobody wanted to be the referee so I took the challenge," the 25-year-old said.
"It was out of the love for the sport and it means I would be closer to the action than the spectators."
He officiated at the Gold Coast 7s last year and Wellington 7s this year as an assistant referee.
The Buliya villager of Ono in Kadavu said his body was able to handle the aspects of running around the ground because he used to be long distance runner back in high school at Laucala Bay Secondary School.
"I ran in the 800m and the 1500m events at the Coca-Cola Games in 2006 and so I do have the fitness to run around the field."
Former Rishikul College student, Rokovereni said his tavale's influence led him to take up refereeing.
"My tavale is Joeli Tubu, the Regional Development Manager West of the Fiji Rugby Union and also my role model is James Bolabiu," said the Matamaivere villager of Namara in Tailevu.
"I have been refereeing for six years now and this (Pacific Mini Games) is my biggest adventure in the sport so far."
The law student of the University of Fiji in Samabula said he was looking forward to the rugby 7s event at the Mini Games.