SECONDARY schools sprint champion Beniamino Maravu has decided to stick to rugby and not return to athletics.
He made the decision after competing in the Pacific Mini Games rugby competition in Wallis and Futuna.
The Wainigadru, Tawake lad from Cakaudrove scored six tries in eight games at the Kafika Stadium.
Fiji went on to win the silver medal in the sevens competition after losing to Samoa 12-31 in the final.
The 20-year-old said his first taste of international competition was an eye-opener.
"It is a lot tougher than what we see on television," Maravu said.
"The tackles are very hard and overall it is very hard to play.
"But I am going to stick with rugby because there are more opportunities here compared to athletics.
"Also because I think I will not be able to beat Banuve Tabakaucoro so I might as well not go back to athletics."
The St Bedes College Form Seven student said he was planning on concentrating on rugby fulltime for the next few years.
"I just want to stick to this and go as far as I can and then when I know I can make it, I will take up further studies.
"I want to do sports science so that I can become either a coach or a PEMAC teacher."
He commended his teammates for a good job at the Mini Games.
"It was a shock for me coming with nine players and I was thinking what if someone got injured.
"But the senior boys did very well, they talked to us younger players and told us the codes and the signals and they made us feel like part of the team."
Maravu has also been named in the 40-member national sevens team training squad for the Gold Coast 7s leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
The squad will be taking part in a medical screening test on Monday.
He said so far, training with the national team had been a good experience.
"Training involves more gym work than athletics and we have to run with the ball.
"Also you have to work really hard at national level and make sacrifices and as a team, we (players) need to look out for one another and work as a unit.
"I look forward to what is coming up next and I hope I make it into the team to the Gold Coast 7s."
The national sevens team arrived back into Fiji this morning with Team Fiji.