29 July, 2017, 12:00 am
SEVENTEEN-year-old Tongan player Brian Minoneti will be dedicating his performance against Nasinu Secondary School (NSS) under-18 to all his St John’s College schoolmates and family back in Longoteme, Tonga.
The Year 12 student will be playing lock for SJC and has made his mark during the Eastern Zone competitions as a hard hitter and a good ball carrier.
He is currently studying on scholarship at the Ovalau-based school.
“I would like to dedicate my game tomorrow to my school and to my family, my father Falakiko Minoneti, my mother Kalaneti Minoneti and my three brothers Maui, Loma and Kalolo Minoneti,” Brian said.
According to Brian, playing rugby in Fiji is different from playing in Tonga, but he is blending in well with the rugby culture here thanks to his teammates and coaches.
“I have blended in well with my teammates and I cant wait to play alongside them in tomorrow’s (today) game. My aim is to do my best and not to let the team down.
“Also to help out whenever and wherever I can during the game.”
Brian says, “we know NSS will be right in our faces so we will be working on tightening up our defences and to make use of every opportunity”.
He said he featured in SJC’s U18 team last year, but this would be the first time for him to play in the main Deans competition quarter-finals.