Nurtured by love | Granny’s support propels Ravutaumada to success

Proud grandmother Aqela Ravutaumada with medals of her children from various sporting events and a photo of Selestino Ravutaumada. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA | Selestino Ravutaumada is tackled by Wales’ players during the France 2023 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Wales and Fiji at Stade de Bordeaux in Bordeaux, south-western France earlier this month. Picture: TRY SPORTS IMAGES

FIJI Water Flying Fijian Selestino Ravutaumada’s successful achievement on the rugby field started as a primary school boy when his parents went their separate ways.

The situation, his grandmother Aqela Ravutaumada said didn’t put him down, but he remained the strong-headed Naselesele boy who’d find jobs during the holidays and weekends to help out.

“I took him into my care when he was three years old and we moved to Lautoka.

He attended St Thomas Primary School and had no problems making new friends as he cared for everyone,” she said.

The Flying Fijians take on Georgia in its next match at the Rugby World Cup at 3.45am this Sunday.

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