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Village Backs RKS Campaign

Village Backs RKS Campaign
From left: Tui Wailevu Ratu Aisake Niumataiwalu, village headman Josaia Nawavolau and Akanisi Dicovu in Wailevu village on August 9, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka.
August 10
09:52 2018

Villagers of Wailevu outside Labasa are closely following the progress of Ratu Kada­vulevu School in tomorrow’s Pow­erade Super Deans Rugby Champi­onship Under-18 final against Cuvu College.

Yesterday, the RKS flag was raised on a hill near the village as show of support for U18 reps Joeli Niu­mataiwalu Matalaweru and Jone Vatuwaliwali.

Tui Wailevu Ratu Aisake Botei who had raised Matalaweru (grand­son) since he was a toddler jokingly told SUNsports that he had called Energy Fiji Limited to ensure that there is no power blackout on Sat­urday afternoon.


“I have watched Joeli play rugby since primary school while repre­senting Nasekula District School and I don’t want to miss the Dean’s final,” Ratu Aisake said.

“I have asked my children to re­charge my phone so I could speak to him over the phone on Saturday.

“Even though, I cannot make it to the game my prayers and support are with him.

“I spoke to him on the phone and what he told me was that his aim was to do the school proud since this is his final year.

“I told him when he runs out on the field on Saturday, he has to play his heart out, enjoy the game and play to his best.

“I told him that eventhough I will not be there, I’ll be watching him and Jone in front of the television at home.”

Matalaweru is the second eldest of five siblings and has maternal links to Bua.


He was recruited by RKS after a splendid performance during the CBM Milo Kaji tournament at Sub­rail Park, Labasa in 2013.

“I knew he’ll go far in his sporting career since he was always dedi­cated.

“He has been playing for the school since the under-14 grade and it has been his dream since primary school days.

“And now that he has achieved his goal, I want to thank God for this opportunity.”


His grandmother Akanisi Dicovi said she is proud of her grandson wearing the RKS jersey since it has been worn by his uncle and cousins in the past.

Meanwhile, Vatuwaliwali’s moth­er had travelled to Suva to be in time for tomorrow’s final.

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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