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‘Green And Gold For Me’

The mother of Wallabies centre Tevita Kuridrani will wear green and gold during the Rugby World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand on Sunday Litiana Kuridrani is proud of
29 Oct 2015 09:27
‘Green And Gold For Me’
Tevita Kuridrani mum hold a picture of her son. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

The mother of Wallabies centre Tevita Kuridrani will wear green and gold during the Rugby World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand on Sunday

Litiana Kuridrani is proud of her son’s achievements so far.

Litiana, who hails from Naduru, Kuku in Tailevu, is picking the Wallabies.

“The All Blacks team is the Number One team in the world,” she said.

“But I’ve already told Te that should not demoralise him if he believes in a God. I believe all players are special.

“But it’s definitely green and gold for me on Sunday.”

Litiana yesterday shared how her son took up the sport.

“He was very passionate about rugby right from a very young age and that triggered his aspiration to become a professional player,”she said.

“So it was not very difficult to support because his father was a rugby player. But from my side I wanted all my children to further their education.

“When he was in Class One he persuaded us that he wanted to go to Ratu Filise Memorial School because most of the professional players who are his uncles and cousins all attended that school.

“We didn’t take things seriously at that time because he was still in Class One but we respected his wish to go to the village and live with his grandparents.

“He later joined the Suva team for the Milo Kaji tournament and once he couldn’t get through the trials because he was sick and he so disappointed. We then we organised with the Nadroga team for him to join their team.

“His passion for rugby grew to another level when he joined Lelean Memorial School and was the member of the Under-15 and U16 rugby teams before he went to Australia.

“In 2007 he completed his Year 11 and 12 in Brisbane and he was playing for the University of Queensland from there he joined the Reds Academy until he was selected in the Australia 7s team at 19.

“Te gets all his rugby advice from his dad but for me I just feed him with the word of God,” she said.

“Before he plays, he makes an effort to call me and that’s where I coach him with all biblical words like Joshua 1:9.

“And before their quarterfinal game against Scotland I was sharing with him Jeremiah 43:19 “Out of my four children Tevita is the most humble not like his sisters who were all outspoken. Te does not speak much and a very kind hearted person.”

The Namatakula, Nadroga native is the second youngest of four siblings, two older sisters who and a younger brother.

“I knew a long time ago that he will play in the RWC because of his commitment, discipline and persistence.

“As a mum I am so humble and I thank God and I always remind him to maintain that humbleness.

“After their game against Argentina he called me and told me that he believed everything that I’ve said that God will lift you up no matter how low you go.”

 




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