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Teen Roosters Winger To Attend Trials In Australia

Sela Ravuravu’s dream of playing in the Australian National Rugby League (NRL) is slowly materialising. The 18-year-old Sabeto Roosters winger scored three tries in the APCO Western States 9s tournament at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday.
12 Apr 2022 05:00
Teen Roosters Winger To Attend Trials In Australia

Sela Ravuravu’s dream of playing in the Australian National Rugby League (NRL) is slowly materialising.

The 18-year-old Sabeto Roosters winger scored three tries in the APCO Western States 9s tournament at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday.

Despite his club bowing out in the semi-final, he still held his head high.

 

His name has been penciled by NRL scouts and is expected to fly out in coming weeks to attend trials in Australia.

“My aim is to be in a better place, perhaps getting an overseas club contract so I can really play to my full potential,” Ravuravu said.

“I never thought to be given this chance, but like any other Fijians who are making their name abroad, I am close to fulfilling my dream.”

 

Ravuravu hails from Serua but was brought up in his mother’s village of Sabeto.

He attended Sabeto District School before moving to Sabeto College and Ratu Navula College respectively.

“I play for Sabeto Rugby Club in the Nadi Rugby Union club competition but I love rugby league more than anything else.”

 

Ravuravu plays at centre or front row in rugby league.

He is the cousin of Roosters captain Roger Qoro and his favourite player is Roger Tuivasa-Sheck known for his agility and speed.

Roosters coach Sivaniolo Varo said, “Yes, he has been contacted by a few scouts, interestingly Melbourne Storms wanted him last year. Hope he is on the right track.”

 

Ravuravu played in the age group for Ravoravo Rabbitohs in the Under-14 and U16 and joined the Roosters for the U18 side.

He played for Ratu Navula College U17 side where they won the West Zone but lost to Ratu Kadavulevu School in the national quarter-final.

Meanwhile, in the men’s open category, Ravoravo Rabbitohs took out the 2022 APCO Western State 9s final with a 6-4 win over Burenitu.

 

The side edged Roosters 12-11 in the semi-final thanks to a drop goal from full-back Taniela Naika.

In the second semifinal Burenitu beat Namuniwaqa Seas Eagles with a coin toss after a 6-6 draw at sudden death.

In the women’s, Blue Gas Police from Suva scooped the title with a 10-7 win over Yasawa. In the semi-final Yasawa beat Police Two 13-0 and Blue Gas Police beat Kai 12-0.

In the U19 category, Rabbitohs edged Roosters 4-0.

 

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