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Potter rates Kikau

Elenoa Baselala In Townsville, Australia
Sunday, November 05, 2017

IT is not surprising that the local media seem to focus on Viliame Kikau in Townsville, Queensland.

The Vodafone Fiji Bati player was scouted by the North Queensland Cowboys in 2013 while he was a student at Marist Brothers High School.

Coach Mick Potter has even been asked whether he had come across Kikau in the field with the journalist saying, "he is a monster," completely in awe.

Almost all press briefings with the Vodafone Fiji Bati players would have one journo asking about the gentle giant from Bau.

While the focus was on Kane Evans' injury, one asked him what he thought of Kikau and whether he was still "raw", to which he(Kane) answered: "The best of Bill is yet to come.

"I've seen glimpses of what he is capable of in training and I hope the world gets to see that in one of the these games, he has a big future ahead of him."

Townsville is the headquarters of the Cowboys where Jonathan Thurston is doing a number of projects including a stadium.

The journalist even asked whether he was a celeb in Fiji.

"Yes, all the Fijian crowd know him and back in Fiji, he comes from the chiefly island of Bau and his surname is recognised in Fiji," Evans said.

But Kikau's dream in this world cup is to be in the starting line-up of every match and he has been able to do that against USA and will do so again today against Wales. Educated at Dilkusha Boys School, Queen Victoria School and a final year in MBHS, Kikau's motivation to play his best is his family.

"I have seen how hard life can be and how we struggle to make ends meet, so I am making the most of this opportunity," he added.

"I have learnt a lot whilst playing here — the type of training and the diets."

Being the youngest in a family of seven, the 1.95m tall prop signed up with the Penrith Panthers and has made a total of nine NRL appearances.

Kikau played centre for the Fiji Secondary Schools team against the Australian Schoolboys in 2013. If he wasn't a rugby player, he would have been a soldier.

Profile

Born:5 April 1995

Club:Penrith Panthers

Height:195cm

Weight: 119kg

Position:Second row

NRL appearances:9

First grade debut:Penrith Panthers v

Wests Tigers, 12/03/2017

Tests/World Cup appearances:4








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