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Viliame Kikau: Make Wise Decisions

“I’ve been telling the Fijian boys when they come over to play is to make good use of whatever money they earn,” said Penrith Panthers forward Viliame Kikau.
23 Jun 2019 15:47
Viliame Kikau: Make Wise Decisions
Vodafone Fijian Bati and Penrith Panthers forward Viliame Kikau.

There is a need for our upcoming Fijian athletes to be financially literate when they sign up with overseas clubs.

The sad story of the financial situation highlighted by legendary rugby star winger Rupeni Caucaunibuca has been a wake-up call to some of National Rugby League stars.

“I’ve been telling the Fijian boys when they come over to play is to make good use of whatever money they earn,” said Penrith Panthers forward Viliame Kikau.

Kikau said he welcomes the Australia Pacific Sports Linkages Programme as it opens up the doors for our young athletes to get access to a professional environment, better training facilities and to uplift their level of skills.

“For me what kept me going when I first came here was my family,” he said.

“It was respect for my parents and older siblings since I’m the youngest among the seven of us.

“I first started with the North Queensland Cowboys playing in the NRL Under-20.

“When I completed my contract with the Cowboys there were offers from the Eels, Bulldogs and the Panthers but after discussing it with my manager we took up the Panthers offer.”

Kikau highlighted it was through the challenges he had faced during his early years in Australia, that has helped him on how to make use of his earnings.

“I was in Suva recently and visited the Nadera Panthers during their training session and saw the commitment and sacrifice made by the players,” he said.

“I hope the programme is going to help open us the doors for the players to secure contracts but all will be put to rest if they use whatever they earn wisely.”

Suliasi Vunivalu

Similar sentiments were echoed by Melbourne Storm winger Suliasi Vunivalu who said furthering his education is what he’s working on.

“I’m doing a carpentry programme and I’m juggling it with my training programme,” Vunivalu said.

“I want to get a qualification in a skilled programme where I could fall back on after rugby league.”

Tui Kamikamica

Storm back-rower Tui Kamikamica is also doing a construction course.

“I’ve also got a yaqona farm going on in Taveuni which is being looked after by my dad.”

Looking to the future, the 25-year-old said getting married is not on his agenda as yet as he is still trying to secure his first property.

-Edited by Osea Bola

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