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Nakorosule Brothers Secure Rugby League Contracts

Jese Ro Raiove, 24, and Jope Rotavisoro, 22, have signed a two-year contract in Australia and are now enjoying the fruits of their hard labour.
24 May 2019 15:55
Nakorosule Brothers Secure Rugby League Contracts
Jese Ro Raiove in action for Bombala Blueheelers RLFC in NSW, Australia.

 

Two brothers from Nakorosule village in Waimaro, Naitasiri are confident of making it to Australian National Rugby League (NRL) competition.

Jese Ro Raiove, 24, and Jope Rotavisoro, 22, have signed a two-year contract in Australia and are now enjoying the fruits of their hard labour.

The passion for rugby league began when they attended Nasinu Secondary School. Raiove plays for Bombala Blueheelers RLFC while Rotavisoro has joined the Narooma Devils Rugby League club.

After leaving NSS, the brothers played for Nabua Broncos in the Vodafone Cup competition.

They come for the same village of Jimilai Nakaidawa, Sainivalati Vunibola and Tevita Nabura who have made their names in the rugby union world.

This has inspired them to make a name in rugby league.

Raiove said he was grateful to be given the opportunity to become the best of what he could be.

“There is a lot of opportunities for Fijians in rugby league.

“I played when I was attending Nasinu Secondary School from under-17 to under-19 and I also played with Marika Koroibete,” he said.

“I was recruited through the club I played for in Fiji but it was my family that got me here.

“My five-year plan is to secure a spot in the NSW Cup comp and then to the NRL. It has been a good experience playing in different weather conditions.

“I work at a saw mill while I play and I’m glad to have been given an opportunity to be here.

“My brother arrived in Australia a week ago and his first game was last Saturday.  I’m proud of him and he deserves it because I know what he has been through.

“This is the beginning of a new journey for us and I thank all who made it possible for me especially my mum who has been there since day one. With God’s guidance, I plan to enjoy the rugby league ride for as long as I can.”

Rotavisoro hopes to one day  turn his dream into reality.

“I feel great and proud to be with this club and I know this is a new chapter of my career.

“I was scouted by the head coach. I like it here because it is a good place for a person to develop their rugby league skills and to reach their goals.  I always play at fullback.

“I want to thank my mother who has been supporting me through difficult times and never gave up on me.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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