Talented Fijian forward signs with the Eels

Erevonu Kamikamica

Continuing the trend of young Fijian players plying their trade at the Parramatta Eels and in the NRL, Under-18’s lock forward Erevonu Kamikamica from Queen Victoria School in Fiji, has signed a 3-year deal with the Parramatta Eels.

The Taveuni local was scouted by the Eels during a recent rugby union competition, the Coke Zero Deans Under 18-final at Churchill Park in Lautoka – with Kamikamica unaware that scouts were present at the game.

“I did not know that the Parramatta Eels officials were present at Churchill Park,”Kamikamica said yesterday.

“What I was doing on the day was playing hard for my school to win against Nasinu, which we did.

“After the game, they gave an Eels cap to the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union officials to give it to me when I received the best player award.”

In order to seal the deal and get his parents approval, Eels officials then met with Kamikamica’s mother Nanise, where they discussed the move, before sealing the necessary approval for the 3-year deal.

“I was surprised, and I thank God for everything he has given me and my teammates, my school and coach Akuila Matabalei.”

With the move a positive one for his career, Kamikamica says that he is looking to prove his worth to the club.

“Switching from Union to League won’t be a problem. I will adjust because I also play rugby league in school.”

His mother, as most mothers do, was singing her praises about her son.

“He listens, obeys and respects his elders,” she said.

“When he comes home, he stays in the house with his little sister and watch movies.

“When I asked him to do something, he never talks back.

“We are very proud of him and wish him the best of luck.”

Kamikamica also knows that this is the time for him to be independent now, with the Eels football club to provide accommodation and education in Sydney for him.

“This is the time where I will be independent going away from home.”

Eels Recruitment Officer Peter Nolan, is excited to have the talented lock forward at the club – drawing comparisons to current Fijian, Semi Redradra.

“Any kid who’s as big and strong as ‘Tui’ but is also a 400m sprint champion in a country full of flyers like Fiji, is going to draw a bit of attention,” Eels recruitment manager Peter Nolan said.

“He’s got all the attributes we’re looking for and, like Semi, has the ability to learn the game quickly.

“There was plenty of interest around him from other clubs… we’re pleased to have him with us.

“Semi proved with hard work and dedication you can successfully transition from the 15-game to the 13-game, and we’re looking forward to seeing his progress next season.”

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