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Kikau Aims For Bati Spot

Kikau Aims For Bati Spot
Viliame Kikau of the Vodafone Fijian Bati on the attack during the 2017 Pacific Test Invitational match against Tonga at Campbell town Sports Stadium on May 6, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Brendon Thorne
June 19
10:00 2017

Donning the Vodafone Fijian Bati jersey in the inaugural Tri-Nations tournament in October will be a chance of a lifetime for overseas based rugby league player Viliame Kikau.

The Tri-Nations Series will be hosted at the ANZ Stadium on October 14 between the Vodafone Fijian Bati, Australia Kangaroos and the Papua New Guinea Kumuls.

The 22-year-old from Bau, Tailevu started out playing rugby union when he attended Queen Victoria School and Marist Brothers High School.

In 2013, he was scouted by the North Queensland Cowboys and was one of the three Fijian players who spent six weeks in Townsville.

Currently playing for the Penrith Panthers in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition, he is now gunning to don the white jersey.

He said the journey from being a high school student to becoming a professional league player has been one he will always remember.

“The journey for me has been really unreal, one moment I was playing in high school and the next thing I was in a different country playing rugby league,” Kikau said.

“There has been lot of ups and downs which is all part and partial of life but I have continued to push my way through it to become a better person.

“I have been working hard and also learning every step of the way, no matter what, there is always something we can learn and that is what I do every day because I am still young.

“Donning the Fiji Bati jersey is a time for me to represent my heritage, my mum and dad because being a part of this team means everything to me.

“Getting here in this point in my life is something I have worked hard for and I will continue to work hard until I reach my peak.”

Becoming a professional athlete means sacrifices are made to maintain being fit and healthy and that is one of the struggles Kikau has had to get used to as his main goal is stay injury free.

“Maintaining my diet has been my biggest struggle, knowing what to eat and eating the right kinds of food to keep myself fit and healthy has been a challenge,” he said.

“Staying away from alcohol during the season and the weeks that I play is something I had to get used to, our diet and health is taken seriously here.

“My long term plan is to keep playing for many more years to come and in order to do that I need to stick to my diet and remain injury free.

“I know injury is a part and partial of physical sports but if I can prevent it then that is what I am going to do.”

With the Rugby League World Cup coming up at the end of the year, Kikau is honoured to part of the Fiji Bati team who will play the Tri-Nations in October and believes it will be an added bonus to their preparations for the World Cup.

“It is a really good idea bringing rugby league teams such as the Kangaroos and PNG to Fiji, the games will really boost the confidence of the boys heading into the World Cup.

“I think this will give us an idea on how we are as a team and what we can do to improve, this will also be a treat for the fans as well.

“Hosting teams like the Kangaroos and PNG is huge because they are from countries where it is a number one sport.

“This is something the boys are looking forward to and what I am looking forward to.”

The Tri-Nations series will be hosted at the ANZ Stadium on October 14 while the Rugby League World Cup will begin from October 27 to December 2 and will be held in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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