October 04, 2022
Australia-born Fijiana prop Siteri Vuanimasei Rasolea is continuing with the rugby legacy her family has been known for from previous years.
The Naivucini lass from Naitasiri shares maternal links to Navoci. Nadi, says she had to forgo the opportunity to represent the Wallaroos and play for Fiji- to continue with the journey her father and brother started.
The 27-year-old's Dad Solomone Rasolea Senior played for Flying Fijians in the 1980s and her older brother Junior Solomone Rasolea is a former Australian 7s, Fiji Under 20 rep and Western Force centre currently playing for French outfit Grenoble.
The Queensland Reds star said she always wanted to keep the family tradition alive and getting a call from Fijiana Head Coach Senirusi Seruvakula was the key.
"Just to even pick which team because I was eligible to represent the Wallaroos. To go through down that pathway or to pick Fiji but I think at the end of the day, my heart always wanted to represent my home country, and also just be able to represent my family back home, as well."
"I know my dad and my brother have done the black and white jersey. So for myself, being the third one in my family to put on the Singileti Vulavula (black and white) is definitely an honor not only to myself, but to my family and my dad's really, really proud and was super keen from the first day, Coach messaged to see if I was keen to trial for the team."
"It's definitely been intense going up against number one in the world. But I definitely know that the girls have really been backing each other. We know it's not going to be an easy one this week. But I think just really focusing on the basics and doing what we can do to try and get our little things right."
"And hopefully when it comes to Saturday, just be able to pay, do what we do best in what we can do on Saturday."
Rasolea added that the World Cup won’t be easy as a World Cup tea but after playing against Canada and New Zealand Maori in the recent test, she’s aware of what the World Cup will be like.
"It's definitely been a hard one, we have had some scrimmages against Canada, which has been good. Just being able to get a feel of what it'd be like before going into the World Cup. Had the girls had a game with them before coming over to New Zealand."
"It's been good to be able to just get a bit of experience and get a few test matches underneath their belt. Before coming into the big stage. It's definitely been hard but been great to just be around the girls, and perhaps good scrimmages them against Canada on Saturday. It was good to just be able to pass the ball around before going against England on Saturday."
Fijiana's opening match against England will kick off at 3.45pm at Eden Park in New Zealand on Saturday.
By Romeka Romena