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.
â€œI did not know that the Parramatta Eels officials were present at Churchill Park,â€Kamikamica said yesterday.
â€œWhat I was doing on the day was playing hard for my school to win against Nasinu, which we did.
â€œAfter 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.â€
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.
â€œI was surprised, and I thank God for everything he has given me and my teammates, my school and coach Akuila Matabalei.â€
With the move a positive one for his career, Kamikamica says that he is looking to prove his worth to the club.
â€œSwitching from Union to League wonâ€™t be a problem. I will adjust because I also play rugby league in school.â€
His mother, as most mothers do, was singing her praises about her son.
â€œHe listens, obeys and respects his elders,â€ she said.
â€œWhen he comes home, he stays in the house with his little sister and watch movies.
â€œWhen I asked him to do something, he never talks back.
â€œWe are very proud of him and wish him the best of luck.â€
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.
â€œThis is the time where I will be independent going away from home.â€
Eels Recruitment Officer Peter Nolan, is excited to have the talented lock forward at the club – drawing comparisons to current Fijian, Semi Redradra.
â€œAny kid whoâ€™s as big and strong as â€˜Tuiâ€™ but is also a 400m sprint champion in a country full of flyers like Fiji, is going to draw a bit of attention,â€ Eels recruitment manager Peter Nolan said.
â€œHeâ€™s got all the attributes weâ€™re looking for and, like Semi, has the ability to learn the game quickly.
â€œThere was plenty of interest around him from other clubsâ€¦ weâ€™re pleased to have him with us.
â€œSemi proved with hard work and dedication you can successfully transition from the 15-game to the 13-game, and weâ€™re looking forward to seeing his progress next season.â€