Lemeki Cagialau will captain the Fijian Schoolboys in the Tri-Nation Series against Australia and New Zeland next week.
The matches will be played in Auckland from October 3-8
“It’s a huge responsibility leading a team,”the Navakawau, Taveuni native said.
Cagialau captained the Marist Brothers High School Under-18 side which lost the Coke Zero Deans final to Queen Victoria School.
“Preparation, training and bonding has been awesome,”Cagialau said.
“We need to play and work together as a team.”
Cagialau acknowledged the support from management and parents.
“Support from the management and my parents have been great,”he said.
“They have been there through the hard times. I would like to thank the Lord for his guidance, protection and the management for their trust.”
The Fijian Schoolboys presented their i-tatau (traditional farewell) to President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote at the State House in Suva yesterday.
The team will depart for Auckland on Sunday for the Tri Nations competition against Australia and New Zealand.
President Konrote acknowledged the team for following the traditional protocol.
“This is unique because this is the way we do things,” he said.
“On behalf of the nation and Government I want to congratulate each and every one of you. You are representing your families, schools and most importantly you are representing our beloved nation Fiji.
“We are still on a high after our rugby sevens victory at the Rio Olympics and I’ve no doubt that you will make us all proud.
“Enjoy your tour, learn as much as you can as members of the team, look after one another and play as a team.”
FRU select team
The Fiji Rugby Union selected the Fijian Schoolboys.
Team manager Navitalai Waiwalu said the team were made up of boys from seven schools.
“Nine came from Marist Brothers High, six from QVS, three from Nasinu, three from RKS, one from Ratu Navula, one from Suva Grammar, three from St John’s College and two from Cuvu College,”he said.
“This is the first time the team has been chosen by FRU and no teachers were involved.
“We are fortunate to have FRU elite pathway manager Viliame Gadolo.”
The first game will be against the New Zealand Schoolboys on October 3.
Edited by Osea Bola