Uro Kadavu wins

FIJI Secondary Schools Athletics Finals bronze medallist Netani Vakayaliya’s dream of pursuing a career in rugby remains firm.

This after the Bucalevu, Nakorotubu, Ra native’s high-class performance under heavy foot conditions during the two-day Tiliva 7s tournament that catched a lot of attentions at the school grounds on Kadavu.

Learning the basics of the sport at the Fiji Rugby Academy under former Flying Fijians skipper Seremaia Bai, the 19-year-old student of Lelean Memorial School said rugby was part of his career after dropping out at Year 11.

“I planned to go back to the village and work my way up to the top of my rugby career but God’s plan is always final,” the Side Float Nasavu player said.

His childhood dream started to come to reality after LMS’ former principal Rev Colati spotted him and invited him to join the school during the Coral Coast 7s in 2015 playing for his village team’s U19 team and said he never hesitated to join the school of the Deans trophy holders.

“The time he asked me, I just say yes because I know that was my breakthrough to a brighter future.”

Meanwhile, Vakayalia said he was approached by the Fiji Rugby Union officials to join the youth team camp for next Saturday.

An International Youth 7s tournament will be held in Japan later this month.

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