Ratu’s rugby journey

Kitione Ratu. Picture: ULTIMATE RUGBY

THE Fiji Airways Drua coach Senirusi Seruvakula was excited to see one of his players from the Vatukoula rugby team named in the Melbourne Rising team last weekend.

Seruvakula said, he continued monitoring Kitione Ratu’s performance despite the Tavua lad playing in Australia and he had seen great improvement.

“I brought him in from the Tavua football team when I was looking for a fullback for the Vatukoula team,” Seruvakula said.

“From then he has been climbing up the ladder to the Warriors and I have been monitoring his training as he progressed and he is now in Melbourne and we played against them last year and again this year.

“I’m really proud of what he has achieved.” Ratu said his achievement had been a blessing and he acknowledged his father especially his mentor, Seruvakula who saw his capabilities when he was a football player.

“I played the last man down position in the Tavua football team and Seruvakula asked me if I could play fullback for the Vatukoula team, so I agreed and that was where my journey started,” Ratu said.

“I have always wanted to be part of the Super Rugby franchise and now I have the opportunity and I thank my family for their support, especially my dad for always pushing me through all the hardships I faced.”

Ratu came on as a substitute for the Melbourne Rising last weekend after they were beaten by the Fiji Airways Drua team 40-17 at Nausori’s Ratu Cakobau Park.

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