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Seru Reminds Team To Raise Standard

Representing Fiji is another level, it is necessary that you give your best when you are chosen to don the national jersey.
29 Sep 2022 15:41
Seru Reminds Team To Raise Standard
Fiji Schoolgirls and boys captains Ruth Raketekete (left) and Tomasi Seru. Photo: Sereana Salalo

Representing Fiji is another level, it is necessary that you give your best when you are chosen to don the national jer­sey.

The Fijian schoolboys rugby league skipper Tomasi Seru has been reminding his team the expec­tations of representing Fiji since they walked into camp in Suva on Monday.

“First we are trying to know each other’s capabilities and strengths, we are training well and we will give our best representing our country,” Seru said.

“We’re expecting a tough match, we’ve just got together for camping and training and we need to do our best.

“I remind the boys that school competition has finished; we are now representing the nation and we must raise our standard to the expectations of those we are repre­senting.”

The Ketei, Lau native apart from being head boy of Queen Victoria School is an all-rounder represent­ing his school and zone in rugby league, rugby union and athletics since primary.

Seru plays fullback and had cap­tained the QVS Under-19 side to vic­tory in the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League competition. He was also part of the U18 side that lost 21-19 to Natabua High School in the Vodafone Deans trophy national quarterfinals last Saturday.

Tomorrow the Fijian schoolboys and girls play their Australian counterparts in their debut Test matches at Albert Park, Suva.

Schoolgirls’ captain Ruth Raket­ekete, who is playing rugby league for the first time, knows that the Australian schoolgirls are skillful players.

Originally from Nakorowai, Noco, Rewa, with maternal links to Wailotua No.2, Wainibuka, Tailevu, Raketekete returned home last December after a two-year netball scholarship at the Auckland Girls’ Grammar School.

While in Auckland she represent­ed the school in rugby sevens.

The Year 13 student of St Joseph’s Secondary School said, “Switching from a sport to another is not tough, it’s fun.”

“The Australian girls will show­case their skills, but we will come with our physicality.”

The schoolgirls’ game kicks off at 1pm while the boys kick off at 3pm.


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