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‘Proud Of You Old Boy’

Chief’s centre Seta Tamanivalu is the latest Fijian to be named in the All Blacks squad for the three Steinlager Series Tests against Wales starting on June 11. Tamanivalu was
30 May 2016 16:16
‘Proud Of You  Old Boy’
FLASHBACK...Lelean Memorial School U19 team. Setareki Tamanivalu hugging the U19 Deans Trophy in 2010. Photo: Lelean Old Students/Facebook

Chief’s centre Seta Tamanivalu is the latest Fijian to be named in the All Blacks squad for the three Steinlager Series Tests against Wales starting on June 11.

Tamanivalu was named along with new reps Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Elliot Dixon, Ardie Savea, Liam Squire and Damian McKenzie.

Lelean Memorial School Old Students Association Suva branch president Tevita Tabalailai said Tamanivalu has made former students proud.

“We’re excited and proud that one of our old boy has been selected to be part of the legendary team, the All Blacks,” Tabalailai said.

“This is an outstanding achievement, good on you old boy.

“In 2010 Tamanivalu and France–based player Metuisela Talebula were part of the team which defended the Deans Trophy in Lautoka.

“We’ve been following his game since he went to New Zealand and we are proud of his achievement.

“He gets to join the ranks of another of our former old boy, Tevita Kuridrani who plays for the ACT Brumbies and the Wallabies.”

The Yasawa-i-Rara native was named in the Taranaki squad for the 2012 ITM Cup and made his Super Rugby debut for the Chiefs in 2015. This was after an impressive ITM Cup campaign in which Taranaki claimed the Premiership in his third year with the province, earning him a full squad contract with the Chiefs for 2015 and 2016.

“With Seta’s success we all like to give credit to Reverend Inia Mavai who was the school chaplain in those years,” Tabalailai said.

“He was the one who helped nurture Seta in becoming the man he is now.

“Seta looked up to Reverend Mavai as his mentor and he got him back on track and trained him spiritually, mentally and physically.

“We’re really proud of what he has achieved,” he said.

Tamanivalu played his first 15s rugby overseas for St Kentigern’s in Auckland before heading to the Spotswood United rugby club in Taranaki in 2012.

He has won the ITM Cup Player of the Year Award in 2014 after a thrilling season for Taranaki which helped the amber-and-blacks claim the Premiership.

He played every game, switching from right wing to centre to second five-eighth and scored seven tries.

 

Edited by Osea Bola

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