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Veremalua enjoys his rugby with Red Rock

December 21
09:18 2012

Red Rock rugby rep Jasa Veremalua in Suva yesterday. Photo: NAVNEET NARAYAN

By ANASILINI RATUVA

Twenty-three-year-old Jasa Veremalua got a big break in his rugby career when he won the Best Player Award at the Coral Coast Sevens last month.
The Korotogo, Nadroga, lad only wished if his dad Osea Vakatalesau, who died in 2005, was there to witness his achievement. But he had only his mother and his three other siblings and friends to celebrate with him.
“Given the best player award came as a surprise to me,” Veremalua said.
“I did not know that I will be given the best player award. I was still celebrating with my team when they announced my name,
“I wish Dad was there to celebrate with me but I dedicate all my achievements to him and I want to thank God for giving me the strength and courage to play.”
Veremalua attended Sigatoka Methodist Primary School, Sigatoka Methodist College and went on to Saint Thomas Secondary.
He then attended Fiji National University in Ba to do his Diploma in Automobile and Road Transport studies.
Veremalua is the eldest of four siblings and has maternal links in Nakavu in Namosi.
“My main aim now is to work hard not only in the rugby field but also to complete my studies at FNU and try to help my younger brothers and sister,” he said.
“They look up to me as a role model and I aim to accomplish the mission.”
Brought up in a soccer crazy town of Ba, Veremalua chose rugby.
He joined Senibiau Rugby Club in Nadroga in 2006 and later joined Natabua from 2010-2011.
He teamed up with Red Rock this year.
“I have been through a lot of hurdles in life but I thank God for everything and bringing me to join Red Rock.”
He says Red Rock head coach Lote Rasiga is like a father to him.
“He is always there for all of us, he is not only our coach on the field but off the field as well. He advises us and always try to work to better our spiritual life.
“We are all young boys and everything he does is for our own good and I thank Lote for that.
“I am always being motivated by the book of Proverbs 16:1-3 which says “To humans belong the plans of the heart but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue. All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Commit to the Lord whatever you do and he will establish your plans.”

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