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Jahream Bula enjoys to be in Bati camp

“It’s crazy to rub shoulders with Sivo and the big boys. I’m just a little skinny boy but they’ve all good to me and I enjoy being here,” Bula said.
20 Oct 2023 16:56
Jahream Bula enjoys to be in Bati camp
Jahream Bula.

When Fiji Bati captain Tui Kamikamica made his Test debut in 2016, Jahream Bula was kicking a footy around with his schoolmates at Keebra Park State High, dreaming of adding his name to the school’s list of famous footy alumni.

Seven years down the track, Kamikamica has 16 Tests to his name and the Wests Tigers wonderkid is 18 games into that top-grade career, seemingly with the world at his feet.

“It’s crazy to rub shoulders with Sivo and the big boys. I’m just a little skinny boy but they’ve all good to me and I enjoy being here,” Bula said.

“I just want to go out there and have fun and do my job.”

Apart from playing the game in Port Moresby with a smile on his face, Bula’s mission is to honour his grandfather with a performance every bit as classy as those that catapulted him into Dally M rookie of the year contention in 2023.

In the end that honour went to his Bati team-mate Sunia Turuva, who averaged 165 metres per game, scored 12 tries and busted 124 tackles as part of the Panthers’ historic three-peat campaign.

“He (Turuva) is a freak of a player and an even better person, I’m proud of him,” Bula said.

“It’s a surreal feeling being here in camp and I’m excited to represent Fiji and my grandpa.

“He is getting old so I want to play for him and make him proud. I’m excited to learn the culture.

“The daily devotions are good for me and that’s the thing I’m looking forward to the most, growing closer to my faith.”

Born in Auckland and eligible to represent New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa, Bula admitted it was a “surreal feeling” to get the call from Bati coach Wise Kativerata offering him the chance to be part of the Pacific Championships campaign, and he’s determined to ensure it’s not a one-off.

“Hopefully in the future I will still get the call-up,” he said.

“I will definitely represent Fiji in the future.”

The Bati plays Cook Islands tomorrow at 7pm (Fiji time).

 

Source– NRL.com

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