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Study And Play in New Zealand For Ravunivadra Uluilakeba

"Assisted by former Flying Fijians centre Seremaia Bai, the former Marist Brothers High School stu­dent has set his target of being part of the Auckland Blues Academy."
22 Feb 2019 16:36
Study And Play in New Zealand For Ravunivadra Uluilakeba
Ravunivadra Uluilakeba(right) with his mother Melea Musuka at the Nadi International Airport on February 21, 2019 .Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Ravunivadra Uluilakeba, 17, departed yesterday to at­tend Sacred Heart College in Auckland on a two-year rugby scholarship.

Assisted by former Flying Fijians centre Seremaia Bai, the former Marist Brothers High School stu­dent has set his target of being part of the Auckland Blues Academy.

“I want to play for the All Blacks one day,” he said.

“I’m proud to get a scholarship to play and study in New Zealand.”

Uluilakeba is the eldest of three siblings from Lakeba, Lau.

He attended Ratu Finau Memorial School and Ratu Finau Secondary until Year 10.

“I came to Suva last year and loved rugby. We don’t play much rugby in Lau,” he added.

He moved to Suva to attend MBHS after his rugby talents were identi­fied by FRU officials.

Ravunivadra Uluilakeba with his family at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Ravunivadra Uluilakeba with his family at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

While a 16-year old he featured in the MBHS U17 rugby league team and U16 Deans competition.

Then he was drafted into the Fiji U16 team that toured Australia.

His mother Melea Musuka, 36 said, “I am happy for my son as only few do get this opportunity. We support him all the way.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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