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Respect Is The Key To Derenalagi’s Success Says Dad

“I am happy that he was awarded the Rookie of the Year award and thank him for his respect in obeying the elders,” Ratu Vuniani said. Ratu Meli was only a nine-year-old lad when he prepared a future and a name for himself, his family and his country.
05 Jun 2019 13:22
Respect Is The Key To Derenalagi’s Success Says Dad
Proud father of Ratu Meli Derenalagi, Ratu Vuniani, in Nadi on June 4, 2019. INSET: 2018/2019 HSBC 7s Rookie of the Year Ratu Meli Derenalagi. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Ratu Vuniani Derenalagi believes his son, Ratu Meli Derenalagi achieved his unbelievable feats on the HSBC Sevens Circuit because of his respect for his elders.

Ratu Vuniani was one of the proudest fathers yesterday talking about his son’s humility and respect for the elderly, which he added contributed immensely to his performances on the field.

“I am happy that he was awarded the Rookie of the Year award and thank him for his respect in obeying the elders,” Ratu Vuniani said.

Ratu Meli was only a nine-year-old lad when he prepared a future and a name for himself, his family and his country.

“He started at Nawaka District School and he was in Year Three when he played in the Under-9 team for his school,” he said.

“He played three years in that grade before he gradually moved up and moved on to Natabua High School in Lautoka and later finishing off at Queen Victoria School.”

Ratu Vuniani – aka The White Shark – added his son had surpassed his rugby career as a former Fiji 7s rep when he played in the Paris 7s in 1996.

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