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Grateful To God, Family: Rusa

  Meli Rusa is thankful to God for his blessing after being selected for the Fijian Barbarians 7s for the Sudamerica Rugby Tournament next week. The Nabukadra, Nakorotubu, Ra native
01 Jan 2017 11:00
Grateful To God, Family: Rusa
Meli Rusa, wife Virisila Rusa and seven-month son Anasa Naikelekelevesi at home yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

 

Meli Rusa is thankful to God for his blessing after being selected for the Fijian Barbarians 7s for the Sudamerica Rugby Tournament next week.

The Nabukadra, Nakorotubu, Ra native also thanked his family, his wife and son for their never ending support.

“My wife and my son are my source of inspiration,” Rusa said.

“One of the difficulties I face during my rugby career is my Mum does not want  me to play rugby.

“She didn’t know that I was picked to be part of the team until Friday afternoon.  I also rang my father back in the village to tell him about the news and he is happy and proud of me and has given his support.

‘Some of the challenges I faced is I walk to the gym during training and when I was still with Suva team I walk to Albert Park for training and back home.”

The 26-year-old is a fireman in Suva and is married to Virisila Rusa and they have a seven months old baby boy name Anasa Naikelekelevesi.

Fijian Barbarians are bonding well, easy to mix around and communicate. I need to up my fitness to the next level concentrate on my training.

“My next plan is to make the squad for Wellington and Sydney 7s.”

Rusa started playing in the Milo Kaji from the U9-U14 grade before he joined Nabua Secondary School and played for the U19.

He was a member of the Suva U20 team for two years and in 2011 he joined Suva senior team.

 

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

Feedback:  paulini.ratulailai@fijisun.com.fj

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