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Family Support Drives Seta

A lifelong dream of playing in the Super Rugby competition just got that much closer to reality for Taranaki centre/wing Setareki Tamanivalu after he signed a two-year contract with the
12 Oct 2014 09:50
Family Support Drives Seta
Setariki Tamanivalu.

A lifelong dream of playing in the Super Rugby competition just got that much closer to reality for Taranaki centre/wing Setareki Tamanivalu after he signed a two-year contract with the Chiefs last Friday.

The Yasawa-i-rara native was elated over the signing and shared his story of humble beginnings, believing his strong family background has made him the person he is today.

“I came from a struggling family background and everyone back home in my village and my mates know how hard it was,” he said via Twitter.

“But I’ve got a strong family especially my old man. He’s a tough bloke. He’s taught me in everything to be a good person in life.

“I know he will be the proudest dad in Fiji at the moment and I just couldn’t explain more how much my family and all my coaches have done for me.”

Seta, as he commonly called, laughed off his mother’s initial reservations about him becoming a professional athlete and also paid tribute to a very special person.

“Mum didn’t really want me to play rugby because she was worried I might get hurt from big boys. I’ve got three older sisters, Sala, Viri and Maca. We lost our sister Amelia and I dedicate all of achievements to her as well as my nieces Salote Rauga and Rosi Tamanivalu.

“I just want to thank God first of all for his guidance. He kept me going at training and on my games and He kept me going through heaps of tough times but glory back to Him. Secondly, I want to thank my family. my Mum, dad and my sisters for their prayers and support me all the way through thin and thick.”

The former Lelean Memorial School student, who was part of the 2010 Coke Zero Deans winning squad, paid homage to his high school coach Jone Tabakau and his old school.

“I’ve got a couple of Fijian players that have inspired me from a young age and I look up to them all, but overall I’ll say Waisale Serevi. Everyone in Fiji and the whole world knows him I reckon.

“He’s a great role model to all Fijian kids and young players. He has given so much to the game of rugby and is symbol of commitment and dedication.

“And he’s always ready for battles.”

Tamanivalu has been hailed as the top in form centre in the ITM Cup with the most impressive statistics in the National Provincial Championship.

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