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Karawalevu: Win For My Parents

“I want to dedicate this win to my family especially my parents."
24 Oct 2022 13:17
Karawalevu: Win For My Parents
Vodafone Fijian Bati winger Vuate Karawalevu celebrates with captain Kevin Naiqama after he scored a try in their 60-4 win over Italy on October 22, 2022. Photo: FNRL.

Marking his debut with the Voda­fone Fiji Bati at the Rugby League World Cup at Edinburgh yester­day, rising star Vuate Karawalevu dedi­cates the win to his parents back in Tamavua, Suva.

The 21-year-old from Dravuwalu, Naceva in Kadavu with maternal links to Tau in Nadroga made the switch from rugby un­ion to league two years ago when he joined the Kaiviti Silktails then the Sydney Roost­ers.

The former Marist Brothers High School 400 metres runner played fullback for Naitasiri in the Skipper Cup for a season before crossing the floor.

Two years later he makes his debut help­ing the Bati with their 60-4 win over Italy in their second pool game in New Castle.


Five minutes after restart and leading 30-0, Penioni Tagituimua stamped his name on the scoresheet for the second time.

Karawalevu made the initial break­through after gaining 60 metres with a startling run. Sunia Turuva carried on the move before off-loading to the eventual try scorer.

Speaking to SUNports Karawalevu said: “This is a dream come true for me, to rep­resent the Bati and get a win on my debut.”

“I want to dedicate this win to my family especially my parents.”

“They’ve always reminded me to put God first in everything I do, remain humble and listen to the coaching staff and senior play­ers on and off the field.”


“My parents have always been with me all throughout my journey, so this is for them.

“I know they stayed up late just to watch me play and I’m proud that we got the win.

“I’m so honoured to have this opportunity and especially playing with players from the NRL.

“Growing up I only watched them on tel­evision but against Italy I played alongside them, it was an honour and privilege.”


He added that good development from the Kaiviti Silktails and Sydney Roosters helped him.

“Heading into the game I had some nerves coming in but I want to thank the coaching staff and the senior players for their sup­port,” he said.

“I believe the development Roosters and Silktails gave me really helped in my game.

“I made sure I played my game well, I fol­lowed the game plan.

“Now I will have to focus on the next game and wait for the video review where I can assess my performance.”


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