Vatuwaliwali the next big thing

Jone Vatuwaliwali is cool, he is clam and his uncanny footwork and deceiving speed sometimes leaves defenders furious. Picture: ATU RASEA

A school known to have produced many rugby talents, one player is sure to be on the radar of national and international scouts is Jone Vatuwaliwali.

He is the man behind it all, his vision, his amazing footwork and speed are one of the reasons the Ratu Kadavulevu School under-18 side has been terrifically and fiercely dominant at this Powerade Super Deans Rugby Championship.

Fiji could be looking at another superstar half-back in the making, and if rugby house is not wary we may just lose another talent to the first world countries.

Vatuwaliwali has been instrumental in his passing game and has improved from last year, with the ability to make swift long passes on both the left and right-hand side. He has the ability to command his players as he provides the link between the forwards and backs.

He is cool, he is calm and his uncanny footwork and deceiving speed sometimes leaves defenders furious.

At last week’s semi-final, when RKS was leading 11-5 at the breather, Vatuwaliwali ignited his side’s campaign, his ability to see space and ever presence at every breakdown ensued a go-forward ball for the rampaging RKS forward pack and the flying back line.

It took a team effort for RKS to run out winners thumping Ratu Navula 36-5 in their semi-final encounter.

RKS has produced many rugby talents. National 15s halfbacks Nemia Kenatale and Henry Seniloli, hooker Tuapati Talemaitoga, the late Seru Rabeni,

Ifereimi Rawaqa, French International Noa Nakaitaci and former All Blacks Sitiveni Sivivatu are products of the school.

Vatuwaliwali is sure to become the next big thing in the number nine jersey.

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