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Big shoes to fill

Maciu Malo
Monday, March 17, 2014

ROOKIE Nadi flyhalf Vatemo Ravouvou carries the biggest challenge in the Vodafone Fiji 7s team.

But the 23-year-old believes he is ready to fill in the vacuum left behind by playmakers such as 7s legend Waisale Serevi, twinkle-toed William Ryder and France-based players Metuisela Talebula and Joji Ragamate.

While he is not new to the position, having represented Ratu Navula, Tokatoka Westfield and Nadi over the past years, Ravouvou said it would be hard to emulate the type of game shown by Serevi and Co.

He has a few tricks up his sleeves to showcase on the world stage in Japan and Hong Kong.

"This is a lifetime opportunity and I will play to my best to prove my worth in the team," said Ravouvou.

"It took me four years to fulfil my rugby dream. There is no looking back now. It's an honour to represent the country and to play in Hong Kong is a moment that I will always treasure."

Ravouvou said he was grateful to continue the family tradition on the rugby pitch.

"The Ravouvou family is a reknowned rugby name in Saunaka Village and I am proud to carry on the legacy," he said.

"I am here for a purpose and I will play my heart out for the people of Fiji."

The former Ratu Navula College student said he was fortunate to play alongside experienced players such Pio Tuwai and Setefano Cakau.

"These senior players always encouraged me to come out of my comfort zone and be the best in my position.

"But again there are other good play makers in the team such as Emosi Mulevoro, Waisea Nacuqu and skipper Kolinisau. The challenge for me now is to win a spot in the starting line-up.

"I will dedicate this tournament to the Almighty Lord and also to my loved ones at home in Saunaka, Nadi, my dad in Australia, the Westfield team, especially to master Lagiloa."

"I can't promise anything but we have a good team and we will do our best," he said.

"We ask the people of Fiji to support us through prayers."

The team departs the country this morning.





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