DIGICEL Fiji 7s baby of the team Waisea Nacuqu is relishing a childhood dream forged in the cane fields of Ba about eight years ago.
In an interview with Times Sport, the 19-year-old said he was lucky to have achieved his rugby goal because of the many struggles he encountered from humble beginnings in his village in Votua, Ba.
The soft-spoken playmaker said he dropped out of school at Class Six because of financial difficulties his family faced.
"After I left school I joined fellow villagers cutting cane in Ba," said Nacuqu.
"I did this to help my parents financially to put food on our table. It was hard because I was just a small boy then but I had no other option.
"It was in one of those sugarcane fields in Ba — I was cutting cane when I heard and then saw an aeroplane going above the village. I dreamt of being on a plane one day. And I began to dream of going overseas and playing rugby because that was the only sport I knew then.
Nacuqu said he began playing rugby with his cousins, including former national 7s rep Pio Tuwai and Josua Tuisova — who now plies his trade in France.
"When Pio was selected for the national team, it inspired me to work harder and I am fortunate that my hard work has paid off today," he said.
"I am also proud that I have continued the family tradition of representing Fiji in rugby."
"I thank the Almighty God for answering my prayers during the years of struggle and sacrifice back in the village."
He said being selected into the national team came with a huge responsibility but he was ready to give his best for his parents, relatives and for the country.
Following in the footsteps of his rugby cousins, Nacuqu said he was also on the hunt for an overseas contract to help raise his family's standard of living.
"This is the moment I have been dreaming of and I will perform to my very best to convince the public of my selection.
"I also want to play well so I can hopefully secure an overseas rugby contract to support my parents.
"But first on my list is to play my part as required by the coach and to try and win the Gold Coast 7s title for Fiji."
Nacuqu is expected to fill the shoes of France-based Joji Ragamate in their first pool game against Canada.