“So far rugby league has taken me to six different cities, two different countries and given me a lifetime of memories, all by the age of 23.”
Those are the words of Tui Kamikamica, the new Melbourne Storm player who once go through the thick and thins of life when he was in Fiji.
Kamikamica shared his life story and it all started in the village of Somosomo in Taveuni where he grew up.
The 23-year-old Vodafone Fiji Bati second rower says he when they moved to Suva to further his secondary education, he was not used to living the city life where he begged his parents to put him in a boarding school so that he can still feel at home.
Kamikamica spent three years at QVS and was part of the Under 19 team that won the Coke Zero Deans final.
This is also where he was offered a contract by a Parramatta Eels agent.
As a 17-year-old growing up without any Rugby League background, Kamikamica struggled but never gave up until he moved to Melbourne to play for the Sunshine Coast Falcons the feeder club to the Melbourne Storm.
Kamikamica believes his biggest moment was when Storm’s coach Greig Bellamy spoke to him and told him that the Storm was interested in having him in the club.
The former QVS student has now secured his two year contract with the Storm and will be playing alongside Suliasi Vunivalu.
Even before his debut, he has already been talked about in the NRL as one of the lethal forwards to watch this year.
Vunivalu will feature for the Melbourne Storm in their pre‑season NRL game against the Warriors today.