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Elenoa Baselala
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

IN a team that has five wingers, it comes as no surprise that Rugby League World Cup debutant Marcelo Montoya dreams of being in the starting line-up in any of Fiji's matches in Australia.

The Fiji Bati play USA at Townsville Stadium on Saturday.

Born in Lautoka to a Chilean father and Fijian mother, Vodafone Fiji Bati player Montoya knows it will be a tough campaign for a spot in the pool matches against the likes of Melbourne Storm star Suliasi Vunivalu, Mikaele Ravalawa, Akuila Uate and Kevin Naiqama.

"This will be my first Rugby League World Cup, I am very blessed to be part of these boys and be part of this team. You pinch yourself every day being around these boys and being around this team, it feels more of a family than to be in a team," Montoya said.

Being the first person of Chilean descent to play rugby league, Montoya moved with his family to Australia when he was just three years old.

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