Living a dream: Naitasiri U16 girls share passion for rugby

Tulia Vakatalemarama, with ball, barges her way through the tackling shield during the Naitasiri Secondary School U16 girls rugby team training session at the Naluwai grounds in Naitasiri on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

The Naitasiri Secondary School under-16 girls team carries the hope of the province in the semi-finals of the Weetbix Raluve competition in Nadi this weekend.

Coach Semiti Soqoiwasa said the players knew the challenges they endured during the tournament and that drove them through.

He said the players dream to one day represent the Fijiana in any code of the sport and he took it upon himself to provide whatever resources he was able to gather.

“We don’t have much, but its our passion for the sport that really makes us standout from other teams this school has,” Soqoiwasa said.

“I am thankful to the Vunidakua Rugby Club in Suva for gifting their training gear to help us in our build up to the later stages of the tournament.”

It has been a bumpy road trip for the highlanders warrior princess but Soqoiwasa said he was optimistic the players would make the province and the school proud.

“I understand that most parents find it difficult to make it to the games venue but I know their prayers are with us,” he said.

“We are travelling down to Nadi with our main target to topple Jasper Williams High School.

“For the players, its a do or die game for them.”

The Deans and Raluve semi-finals will be held at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday.

Games will start at 8.40am.

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