Pathway for ruggers
1 August, 2017, 12:00 am
FIJIAN students have another opportunity to make their rugby dreams come true, thanks to Kelstone Boys High School (KBHS) in New Zealand.
The school principal, Brian Evans, and the school’s director of sports and business development, Duane Mann, were in the country recently conducting recruitment drives for next year, and looking for talented student rugby players.
KBHS is a boys’ school in Kelston, a suburb in the Waitakere region of Auckland.
They also visited the Fiji Rugby Acadeny at Lelean Memorial School in Nausori which is run by former Flying Fijian and former France-based player, Seremaia Bai.
“We have known Seremaia for long and these boys are lucky to have a person of a lot of rugby experience to train them,” Evans said.
“We have been coming to Fiji for about 15 years and we have an international fee pay market. We have international students who are from Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, and Asia, and some hockey players from Fiji,” he said.
“They come to New Zealand, they don’t lose their culture because they fit in well with other families and other students. We are always looking, but the big part is the fee paying. We also offer scholarships
Bai commended the pair telling his players:”Seldom here that we see school principals coaching schools rugby teams, so if you are serious in rugby, chase your dream, be truthful and listen and grab chances in a lifetime like this,” he told the students.
KBHS has produced Fijians rugby reps like Nathan Hughes who plays for England, Japan 7s rep Jone Naikabula and national judo rep and 2015 national under-20 national squad member, Viliame Takayawa who is on full rugby scholarship in Japan.