The 7s dream | Ratumaitavuki relies on divine power

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Petero Ratumaitavuki runs away to score against Fire at the Marist 7s. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU/FILE

Former Fiji 7s squad member Petero Ratumaitavuki is not giving up on his dream.

Ratumaitavuki made headlines following the Coral Coast 7s last month while playing for Nadi club Saunaka, with many calling for his inclusion in the Fiji 7s team.

The speedster along with rover Akuila Momo were in impressive form during the tournament and were thought to have caught the eyes of national selectors.

However, Ratumaitavuki, who was a former winger of the Dominion Brothers, said he is still waiting to be called up.

“They did not approach me after the Coral Coast 7s but it’s all in God’s plan. If it is the will of the man above, then I will be ready to fulfil my calling,” the 24-year-old said. He was part of the Fiji 7s squad in 2022 but dropped the same year.

“It never dented my spirits; I kept going knowing that I had targets to reach and a family to take care of.

“I left my family back in Kilaka, Kubulau, Bua for four years. I left the place I was brought up in and moulded as a child to pursue my dreams.

“My family is my biggest motivation because when I left, I was staying with relatives and that life is not easy,” he shared. Ratumaitavuki attended Tavua College and although he passed Year 13, his passion was rugby.

“I finished school with a pass in Form 7 but I did not go to tertiary because I just wanted to play rugby. This is my God-given talent and I must make use of it at every opportunity.”

The former Tavua College under-19 rugby league captain remains optimistic that one day soon he will don the national jumper and represent Fiji internationally.

He will be in action for DXC Barbarians at the Fiji Bitter Nahehevia 7s tournament this weekend at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka.