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Saukuru creates rugby history

Maciu Malo
Sunday, February 04, 2018

YOUNG Fijian rugby player Semesa Saukuru created history becoming the first Fijian to be appointed as head prefect at the famous Wesley College in New Zealand.

The school has produced rugby superstars such as the late All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Malakai Fekitoa, Stephen Donald, Charles Piutau, Frank Halai, Augustine Pulu, Casey Laulala and Wallabies rep Sekope Kepu to name a few.

Saukuru who captained the NZ Fiji secondary school 7s team during the New Zealand secondary 7s competition — Year 13 student was first introduced to the school by his uncle and former All Blacks rep Joeli Vidiri some four years ago.

The former Natabua High School student played rugby union and league for the school and recently secured a three years contract with the New Zealand Warriors Rugby League team.

Proud parents Mataiasi Nabau Saukuru and Mereani Saukuru said their son had reaped the fruit of hard work.

Nabau Saukuru who was present at the school prefects' induction said he was not surprised by his son's achievements.

"As a parent of course I'm really proud of his achievement being the first Fijian to lead this school which is rich in history and being the oldest school in the whole of New Zealand," said Nabau.

"Of course it's every parents dream to see their kid excel in all fields whether in sports or academic.

"But knowing Mesa being a very humble and always ready to compromise and sacrifice for others and judging from his past years school report and the way his teachers would always praise him — it didn't come as a surprise to us."

Nabau said his son joined the school after completing his Year 9 education at Natabua High School.

He said they had spent more than $25,000 for his education and was grateful to have witness his son's achievements.

"Since Mesa was a private International student each year we would spend $27000 as his boarding and tuition fees and personally it was worthy investment.

"Lately he has just signed a contract with New Zealand Warriors for three years."

His message to his son after the induction was to "continue humbling yourselves, treat student the way you want to be treated, respect teachers and elders and always seek God's intervention and his provision".

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