Rugby baptism for Lasike

Tawake Lasike (right) and his mother Meresaini Lasike in Suva yesterday. Picture: SUPPLIED

TAWAKE Lasike will never forget 2018 because it is the year that he started playing rugby.

He is from Sawana, Vanuabalavu, Lau and is a student of Nasinu Secondary School in Suva.

He played his first rugby game this year, and miraculously is part of the Fiji under-18 team that will leave for New Zealand tomorrow.

He is a member of the NSS U17 team which played in the Powerade Super Deans Trophy competition this year.

That was where the former Naroi District School student in Moala attracted the attention of secondary schools national rugby selectors.

Today, he will be the first from his family to be selected into a national rugby side.

“I thank the Lord for His blessing because I never dreamt to play rugby and one day to represent Fiji,” said Lasike.

“Being selected to represent Fiji is a miracle since this was my first year to play rugby. I thank my parents for their support.

“It takes a lot of hard work and commitment to come this far and this is something that I will never forget in my life.”

His father Poaloi Lasike said he was grateful and thanked the Almighty when his son was chosen in the Fiji U18 squad.

“I thank the Lord because I know He was the one who chose my son.” The U18 squad departs tomorrow.

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