Rising Rugby Star Turns Heads in Sydney

Teenager Timoci Nagusa Junior is currently in Sydney for a one-week trial at the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs academy camp.

The 14-year-old from Dratabu, Nadi, is building his own legacy and has no intention of relying on his father’s record, who is a former Flying Fijians player.

Nagusa Jnr, a newcomer to rugby league, has previously played in the Milo Kaji competition and is a competitive athlete. He is a student at Marist Brothers High School and holds the sub-junior boy’s shot put record with a throw of 15.04 meters. He is also a member of the school’s Under-14 rugby union team.

“Rugby league is a totally different game with unique styles and rules, and it’s been an eye-opener. Nothing is impossible if you keep an open mind and have a willing heart,” Nagusa Jnr said.

“The NRL atmosphere is amazing.”

His proud mother, Makereta Losalini Tuilevuka, described the opportunity as the marvelous work of God in their lives.

“JJ (Timoci Nagusa Jnr) knew nothing about the game initially, and I am amazed at his progress,” she said. “The Canterbury Bulldogs have brought him in to test his abilities. He will return with a program to follow. He hopes to be back by Saturday for his Marist U14 side’s semi-final.”

From Sydney, Nagusa Jnr added, “I will take one opportunity at a time and work hard. The game is new, and I need to get used to it. My mom has always supported me, and I plan to make her proud.”

Nagusa Jnr was born in Montpellier, France, and lived there for five years. He was initially spotted by Fiji Bati head coach Wise Kativerata, who brought him to the Bulldogs camp.

“Listening to instructions is a big challenge for our players,” Kativerata said. “When we take Under-16 and U17 players, many don’t listen; but this kid, just 14, is very good. I have been keeping an eye on him since he played in the Kaji competition.”

NRL superstar Viliame Kikau is also assisting Nagusa Jnr with tips on schedules and guidance. “When he returns, we will have a detailed conversation. He has the talent and needs to be nurtured slowly and carefully to shine,” Kativerata stated.

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