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From Fiji Times Online (3 June 2011)

Young guns head to the UK

by Charlie Charters

A PAIR of 11-year-old boys, one from the Suva kaji rugby team and one from Nasinu, have been selected to join Terrington Hall School in the United Kingdom this September for the start of a two-year rugby scholarship.

Sakeasi Kaitoga from International School and Cameron Kelemeti from Latter Day Saints Primary School will be following in the footsteps of Filimoni Savou, son of the national 7s coach Josateki Savou . . .

Kaitoga and Kelemeti will study in the UK for one academic year, returning to Fiji in July 2012 for the long British summer holiday, before flying back to the UK and starting their final year in September 2012. As with Savou, the hope is that their performances on the sports field will be eye-catching enough that private secondary schools in the UK, called public schools, might offer the pair a full scholarship to continue their studies through to the age of 18 . . . .

Kelemeti, played centre in the Nasinu side that won the western-based Kaji finals last year.

"I have never dreamed that one day I will get a rugby scholarship," said Rotuman Kelemeti. "But opportunity only comes once and I will grab it and fulfill some of my childhood dreams.

"I know it will be hard to leave my families behind but I have a friend that I will travel with and hopefully I will come back and play for Fiji in the IRB 7s series. My thanks go to Mr. Tagicakibau, my sports teacher for always encouraging me."

Kelemeti's school principal Vito Qaqa Mitchell said he was delighted his young student had been picked.