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Prop Tabuanise Enroute To Representing Fiji

Elena Tabuanise sees rugby as a window of opportunity. The 15-year-old Nasinu Secondary School student last Saturday was named the player of the match in the Raluve Under-16 Southern Zone final against Naita­siri Secondary School.
17 Sep 2022 17:30
Prop Tabuanise Enroute To Representing Fiji
Elena Tabuanise (middle) with her dad Watisoni Kaitaci(right) at the Suva Grammar School grounds on September 10,2022. Photo: Sereana Salalo

Elena Tabuanise sees rugby as a window of opportunity.

The 15-year-old Nasinu Secondary School student last Saturday was named the player of the match in the Raluve Under-16 Southern Zone final against Naita­siri Secondary School.

She helped her Kinoya-based Nasinu schoolgirl’s side win 10-5; today she features in their quar­terfinal match against Bucalevu Secondary School.

Daddy’s girl Tabuanise last week had her biggest fan, dad Watisoni Kaitaci at Suva Grammar School ground watch her play.

“I loved the way she played, I know it will take her to a good place,” Kaitaci said.

“I played rugby as well that is why I did not hesitate to let her play, I know she has her dreams and goals to achieve in rugby and she has my full support.”

The Lutu, Wainimala, Naitasiri prop shares maternal links to Na­droga .

Keep an eye out on her today as she is the side’s trump to fend off the Northerners.

Like last week the Nasinu Sec­ondary School prop will be out to­day against the Northerners

Tabuanise had completed her pri­mary school education at Muaira District School.

“My parents are always encour­aging me to do better. They have been very supportive ever since I wanted to play rugby,” Tabuanise said.

“My dad advised me that if this is the path that I have chosen I should work hard for it.

“My parents both stay in the village while I board at Nasinu, which is tough at times.

“Being named the player of the fi­nal meant so much; I will continue to be consistent with training and my performance and work toward wearing the white jumper,” the Year 10 student added.

Lutu is also the village of former national rep Apisai Naqaliva.

Feedback: sereana.salalo@fijisun.com.fj



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