Botitu on Flying Fijians heels

Filimoni Botitu with his player off the tournament award flanked by his family members at Nadi International Airport yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

FORMER Natabua High School student Filimoni Botitu who was named as the best player at the World Rugby under-20 Rugby Championship has set his sights on becoming a Flying Fijian in the future.

The 20-year-old who comes from Korobebe Village in Nadi travelled a long distance to train with the Fiji U20 squad costing him $60 every trip.

He is the cousin and namesake of former national 7s winger Filimoni Botitu who played in the World Rugby HSBC 7s Series.

The youngster scored two tries in the final against Samoa and a total of four tries in the tournament.

The second-five eighth represented Natabua High School from the U15 to U18 grades before being selected into the Vodafone Fiji U20 squad.

“I want to play for the Flying Fijians and also secure an overseas contract,” he said.

“I feel proud to win the award. When I received the trophy I was very emotional.” The team returned home with the World Rugby U20 Trophy.

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