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‘Live Up To It’

The name Ravouvou is synonymous to good Fijian rugby and Epeli Lagiloa has challenged the Vodafone Fijian 7s rep Vatemo Ravouvou to live up to his family legacy. Former national
10 Jan 2016 13:37
‘Live Up To It’
Fijian 7s playmaker Vatemo Ravouvou (centre), with mother Asinate Ravouvou (second from left) and cousin brother in their home in Saunaka Village in Nadi yesterday. Photo: LUKE NACEI

The name Ravouvou is synonymous to good Fijian rugby and Epeli Lagiloa has challenged the Vodafone Fijian 7s rep Vatemo Ravouvou to live up to his family legacy.

Former national seven/current Tokatoka Westfield Dragons 7s coach Epeli Lagiloa said it was up to Vatemo to continue the legacy of his forefathers, among them Fijian gentle giant in the 60s Nasivi Ravouvou.

“He has to live up the legacy of the Ravouvou and that is my advice for him,” Lagiloa said.

“He has to continue the family tradition as Ravouvou is a famous name in Fiji rugby. I know Vatemo is confident and I very pleased with his achievement.”

The leading pointscorer in theurrent World Sevens Series, Vatemo was not released by Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan to play in this week’s Coral Coast 7s tournament.

Lagiloa has urged the Saunaka native to concentrate on national duties.

“He is a playmaker and he’s got a very good field vision and is a very supportive player and he reads Pio Tuwai’s game very well.

“He has got a lot of talent and has got skills and is good on both feet and I think Ryan and the national team are developing him to the man he is now.”

Vatemo said while the current series was tough, he was up for it.

“It will be a challenging year for me but I am ready to take on the tough journey,” he said.

“ I will have to increase my fitness level and be up with the team training. I know it will not be easy as everyone is trying to secure a spot in the team but I am confident enough that I will secure my spot.

“I will need to improve on my kicking style; I know that I can do better from my past performance. I am just spending more time kicking because this is something I know that can count in every game.

“I will work on my kick-offs as well because if that does not work well than the defence will be tough. For me nothing is impossible; I have greater plans ahead

“There is support coming from my family.

“I am ready for this season.”

 

Edited by:Osea Bola

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