FIJIAN lock forward Samuel Chongkit has been named in the New Zealand Schoolboys team to play in the Tri Series against Australia and the Fiji under-18 rugby teams.
Chongkit who impressed for Hamilton Boys High School this season was rewarded with the timely selection.
His strong performance for HBHS earned him a spot in the New Zealand team to face the Fiji U18 side next week.
Chongkit was a dominant force in the lineouts and has been classed as one of the best jumpers at high school level.
The former Marist Brothers High School student helped HBHS win the New Zealand National 1st XV Rugby Championship over the weekend.
Along with fellow Fijian Paula Narawa, HBHS ended Saint Kentigern College's 52-match winning streak 12-10 to add the National Championship title to their trophy cabinet.
Chongkit's mum Lie Faga was proud of her son's achievement.
"I'm not surprised with his achievement because he always liked to play even at a young age," an elated Faga said.
"I'm so proud of my son and I thank the Almighty for blessing him with the rugby talent. I'm so happy of his selection and I give all glory to God."
She said her prayers had been answered.
"Every day I always pray for my son. Now he is in the New Zealand Schoolboys team,
"I'm so pleased and I'm not surprised because I have always prayed for him every day."
Chongkit's cousin Fonmanu Varea said Chongkit's achievement was a testimony.
"Personally I am very happy for him for this achievement and thankful to the Almighty for his blessings on this young man's life," he said.
Varea said they were in constant contact with Chongkit.
"Sam calls home every week during the rugby season usually on the night before his rugby match so that we could pray for him over the phone.
"Winning the New Zealand secondary schools rugby final last Saturday and being named in the NZ Schoolboys team on Sunday afternoon was a bonus."
HBHS 1st XV head coach Nigel Hotham said Chongkit had been outstanding this season.
"Its an extra bonus when four players of the successful Hamilton team were named in the New Zealand Schoolboys team to tour Australia.
"This included lock Samuel Chongkit, who has been a stand-out performer all year," he added.
The Fiji U18 team will leave for the series in Australia on Friday.