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Living The Dream

Rugby league has enabled Viliame Kikau to achieve his dream in life. Speaking to SUNsports yesterday during the Marist Brothers High School prize-giving, the Penrith Panthers second rower said he
13 Oct 2018 11:28
Living The Dream
Viliame Kikau at Marist Brothers High School in Suva during the annual prize-giving ceremony on October 12,2018. Photo: Siminone Haravanua

Rugby league has enabled Viliame Kikau to achieve his dream in life.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday during the Marist Brothers High School prize-giving, the Penrith Panthers second rower said he did not do well in school.

“It was my dream to play in the NRL (National Rugby League,” Ki­kau who was dubbed ‘Kill Bill’ in last year’s World Cup, said.

“So sports and rugby league gave me the opportunity. I was lucky enough to go overseas and achieve my dream in playing in the biggest stage of all, the NRL.

“When I got the opportunity last year to make my debut I gave my all and was really grateful to be part of the game.

“Yes, I’m really enjoying it. Ob­viously re-signing for the club showed they had faith in me which I’m really grateful for.

“I still got four more years so yes I am enjoying my time in Penrith and I just can’t wait for next year’s NRL season to start.”

Kikau is believed to be the high­est paid secondrower in the NRL.

Kikau played for Queen Victo­ria School and Marist Brothers High School in the competition sanctioned by the Fiji National Rugby League and was identified by the North Queensland Cowboys scouts who took him to Australia.

Kikau said he got an invite from one of his friends if he could be at his former school’s prize-giving day to present the rugby league award.

“I’m grateful to get the invite and it’s always good to come and give back to the students. They worked really hard and they know that one day they will be dreaming to become one of us so I’m really blessed and humbled.”

Kikau said a few Sydney clubs have approached him but he’s com­fortable to be with Penrith.

On his availability to play for Fiji, the Bau native said he is always ready to don the national jumper.

“Yes, it’s always a privilege to represent my country. Born and bred in Fiji and I’m always there whenever there’s a test.

“Hopefully, I should be in the squad for the next World Cup. So I should keep working hard, keep striving for greatness and keep trusting in the Lord and be humble and he will give you whatever you want to achieve in life.

“I want to thank the MBHS prin­cipal, staff and the old boys for giving me the opportunity to be at the prize-giving and I’m really humbled to be here.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: simione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj



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