Rugby

Fijian Is An Eagle In The Making

Originally from Natokalau, Kubulau, in the province of Bua, Cama had played rugby at St Agnes Primary School in Nabua where he was captain for two years as a line-backer.
12 Jan 2022 15:54
Fijian Is An Eagle In The Making
Cyrill Cama in action

United States of America rugby league prospect Cyrille Cama, 20 has signed a two year contract with major league champions LA Giltinis.

The athletic Fijian-born backrower is a USA Eagles Under-20s selection and is touted as ‘an Eagle in the making’.

“I really enjoyed my experience at the Giltinis last season, and am very honoured to have the opportunity to do it again next season and beyond,” Cama said.

“All of the players were great when I was in camp, and I am looking forward to joining them again and continuing to grow my game.”

His mother Remi Cama said her son’s contract has paved way for other aspiring Fijians who want to play profession rugby in America.

“We migrated in 2013 for a better life for our family and to have Cyrille excelling in the field he loves best is a blessing,” mother Remi said yesterday from Los Angeles.

“Like every other Fijian young man he loves rugby and to secure a two year contract with the top club here shifts him closer to wearing the national USA jersey,” she said.

It’s a re-signing of sorts, with Cama as the USA U20 select was called up to the senior squad late in the 2021 season to cover for injuries.

Originally from Natokalau, Kubulau, in the province of Bua, Cama had played rugby at St Agnes Primary School in Nabua where he was captain for two years as a line-backer.

He had progressed through the Academy programme to the High-Performance Programme and was selected for the Rhinos Tens professional team which played at the World Tens Series in Bermuda in 2020.

He played for the Rhinos Rugby Academy, Sacramento alongside African sevens greats Collins Injera, Andrew Amonde and Cecil Africa during the Rhinos rugby 10s tournament.

Though primarily a back row player, Cama is being considered as a long-term prospect at hooker.

Rhinos Rugby Academy Chief Executive Andreea Trufasu expressed her delight that Cama has been recognized.

“Our coaches, staff, players, and student-athletes are proud of Cyrille, a Los Angeles native, earning this opportunity with the Giltinis,” Trufasu said.

“We and his family are very proud of his journey of finding his pathway in rugby, college, and life and his values as a person. He is also respected as a youth rugby coach and mentor to others.”

Giltinis General Manager and former Wallabies Hooker Adam Freier said the Club had been monitoring Cama’s progress for some time.

“We saw Cama playing for the Rhinos Rugby Academy in 2020, and we knew back then he was a player with enormous potential – The fact he players both back-row and hooker shows he has a unique skill set,” Freier said.

“Having spent the last few years dedicated to his craft and being nurtured at the Rhino’s Academy, he is now ready to take the next step and be a full-time MLR player,” he said.

“He is a great kid; well mannered, humble, and hard-working, and has a great opportunity in front of him

 

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