YOUNG Savenaca Raturaga is cherishing every moment preparing for the Tri Series tour against the Australian and New Zealand Schoolboys.
He is the lone player from Navuso Methodist High School selected in the Fiji under-18 team and is the first rugby player from Namara Village in Tailevu to break into the national team after several years.
Vilikesa Vatuwaliwali and Akuila Matanibukaca were the previous players from Namara to represent Fiji. Vatuwaliwali made his debut against New Zealand Maori in 1980 while Matanibukaca first played for Fiji in 2005.
"I'm so happy to be in the team," Raturaga said.
"I was not expecting it but I am learning a lot of things at this level."
The Navuso U18 team captain said it was a proud moment for him to represent Fiji at age group level.
"It's a privilege to be the first player from Namara to play for Fiji again after a long time. I am just following the footsteps of my relatives who have already played for Fiji."
Navuso Methodist principal Joni Siliduadua said they were proud of Raturaga's achievement.
"We are so happy for Savenaca," he said. "This year is a good year for Navuso. We made our first Deans quarter-final in 46 years and our captain is in the Fiji U18 team. We wish him all the best."
Raturaga added he would give his best for his country.
The rugged blindside flanker idolises Flying Fijian captain Akapusi Qera.
"I'll see what happens during the tour, I'll give my best and if an opportunity opens up for me to play overseas I'll grab it with open arms."
The team leaves for Australia on Friday.