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‘Tubuna’ Brings Joy

Vani Rokoduguni is a proud mother. Her son Semesa Rokoduguni was named in the England rugby squad for their November tests against New Zealand, South Africa. Samoa and Australia. At
25 Oct 2014 13:30
‘Tubuna’ Brings Joy

Vani Rokoduguni is a proud mother. Her son Semesa Rokoduguni was named in the England rugby squad for their November tests against New Zealand, South Africa. Samoa and Australia.

At her home in Naselai Village outside Nausori yesterday she shared how proud her family was of the her son, fondly known as Tubuna to the family.

“We thank God in everything that happens because He will lift us up in his own time,”she said.

“When he called us to tell us he had been named in the England squad team, we thanked God.

“It doesn’t come as a surprise to me because I know we raised our children with the best intentions and while we went through a lot of difficulties, I knew one day we would reap the benefits of the sacrifices we’ve made.”
Vani received the good news from Semesa when he called her on Thursday.

“He told us the good news and we just spoke again this morning (yesterday) and I congratulated him,”she said.

“I told him that we were both very proud of his achievements and we thank him for working very hard.
“I told him to be strong because there are a lot of other rugby players who are a lot better than him.”

Rokoduguni described her son as vibrant yes-man growing up an obedient child by nature.

“Everyone knew him as a bright, bubbly kid who always did what he was told. Even though he was an incredibly talkative child he was very obedient. He did whatever was asked of him which separated him from his siblings.

“All his aunts and uncles know how he was somewhat of a yes-man, saying yes to whatever was asked of him. That’s why after he broke through and made the England side, we were so proud and we knew right away this was the results of all those years of obedience.”

She credited divine guidance and blessings as the source of their successes and Tubuna’s achievements.

“For us, there was no one else but God. Going through those hard times we went through as a family, we placed our lives and trust in God.”
Rokoduguni is currently serving as a Lance Corporal in the British Army and made history as the first Fijian to be named in the national 15s rugby side.

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