Selestino Ravutaumada
Rotorua Boys' first XV star signs with NZ Warriors
4 Aug, 2018 8:10am
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Rotorua Boys' High School first XV star Selesitino Ravutaumada has signed with New Zealand Warriors. Photo / Stephen Parker

Looking through file photos of Rotorua Boys' High School First XV star Selesitino Ravutaumada, it is no coincidence that in most of them he is slipping out of tackles and leaving opposition players in his dust. It's just what he does.

Blessed with an overwhelming amount of speed and X-factor, the 18-year-old has taken the first step towards a career in sport after school, signing with the New Zealand Warriors this week.

Ravutaumada's story is one of drive, determination and a willingness to support his family. He moved to Rotorua from Fiji two years ago on a rugby scholarship at Rotorua Boys' High School with the long-term goal of forging a professional sporting career so he could afford to bring his family over from Fiji.

Signing with the Auckland-based NRL side is a massive step in the right direction. He follows in the footsteps of his 2017 first XV teammates Hayze Perham and Tom Ale who signed similar contracts last year. Ravutaumada will make the move to Auckland in November, when he finishes school.

He said he was happy about the move and grateful for the opportunity.

"It's pretty cool, I'm excited. The Warriors gave me the best deal. I played league last year for the New Zealand schools team, league is probably easier, you play more structure.

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Rotorua Boys' High School first XV fullback Selesitino Ravutaumada on his way to scoring a try against Gisborne Boys' High School in the Super 8 competition. Photo / File

"My family were freaking out when I told them. My goal is to get them over here in three years, so they can stay here. I just want to help my family."

He will start off with the Warriors' development side and is likely to ply his trade in the centres or on the wing where his tackle-breaking ability should shine. He said his favourite thing about rugby - union and league - was running around with his team-mates and "gassing people".

As well as linking up with former teammates Perham and Ale, Ravutaumada was looking forward to learning from some of the world's best players, such as Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Shaun Johnson.

While blessed with natural attacking flair, he has worked hard on his game in the last two years and credits the school and his coaches for helping him get to this point in his career.

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Selesitino Ravutaumada makes a break against Tauranga Boys' College. Photo / File

Rotorua Boys' High School principal Chris Grinter said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for Selesitino, he is definitely a talented sportsman, with a very bright future. This opportunity with the Warriors will give him every opportunity to build a successful career.

"The fact that two of our first XV players from last year are with the Warriors this year also provides further support for a young man who is living away from his homeland of Fiji."

Grinter said Ravutaumada had worked hard on his overall game since arriving at the school.

"Selesitino, like most of the young men we get from the Pacific Islands, arrived with good skills, lots of speed but lacked the understanding and pattern of the New Zealand game of rugby. This takes these boys at least a year, sometimes even two years, to become fully confident and comfortable with how New Zealanders at high school play rugby.

"Selesitino started to shine last year and this year in Year 13 is excelling now that he's built that confidence and understanding. His potential was widely recognised and he indeed had a number of opportunities in both rugby and league to consider, which he did carefully before making this final decision."

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503436&objectid=12100397
 
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bruce

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There was a bloke training with the Central Coast Mariners in their pre-season who didn't have much football experience however he was the fastest human ever. By your logic shouldn't Usain Bolt have made it into the A-League?
What was his stamina like?:rolleyes:
 
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Stalefish540

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The kid might have to get in line for a spot at this rate. Soosomea, Beale, Ashford, Perham, Pauga, Klokstad, Waaka, Ale, Milne, Pompey, Herbert in the ISP as it is. Pretty tough going to get a spot even in that team.

Thought I was back in the SJ thread for a minute, with Mr B and Bruce jostling for position.
 
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bruce

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The kid might have to get in line for a spot at this rate. Soosomea, Beale, Ashford, Perham, Pauga, Klokstad, Waaka, Ale, Milne, Pompey, Herbert in the ISP as it is. Pretty tough going to get a spot even in that team.

Thought I was back in the SJ thread for a minute, with Mr B and Bruce jostling for position.
That is what any top line club should have, a spare candidate for every position. Geez in the bad old days we didn't even have 1 candidate for every position.
 

tajhay

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Back in the day I was always up the front because I was a lightweight half/full back but just an average player.
You should have trialled for the Warriors back in the day. Fans of the club would have been frothing at their mouths seeing your preseason pics and demanded you to to be given a shot in first grade. Stacey Jones could have just waited a few more years in reserves until he could build up his preseason fitness pic portfolio.
 

Juju

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The kid might have to get in line for a spot at this rate. Soosomea, Beale, Ashford, Perham, Pauga, Klokstad, Waaka, Ale, Milne, Pompey, Herbert in the ISP as it is. Pretty tough going to get a spot even in that team.

Thought I was back in the SJ thread for a minute, with Mr B and Bruce jostling for position.
Pauga is at the mounties now I think.

I really rate Soosomea
 

Tragic

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Can't see any problem with us looking at some pics, seeing a guy with wheels leading the pack at training and getting excited about his attitude, it is preseason after all and we are starved of league.
You grinches can go back in your cave till later in the year.
 

Tony Martin

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Not only pics buts there also a few vids floating around. The pics show that not only is he a talent but a hard trainer. What isn’t there to get excited about??. After all the last couple of blokes who everyone frothed over left (Nanai, tuipolotu) . I agree with Bruce, this guy will at the very best play ISP this year, depending on how well he goes probably be very similar to how they used Tom Ale
 

ForTheLoveOfGod

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Ravutaumada is the next warrior's superstar. He has the x-factor much like a Taumalolo, SBW, Shaun Johnson, Kalyn Ponga have when you see it, you know it.

Very special signing for the Warriors, yes he will have to develop in ISP but he will be special I believe. The last guy I said that about was Sonny Fai.

Tom Ale is shaping up very nicely as well and would be a direct replacement for Joseph Vuna.
 

valpy73

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Its great to see we are looking to develop our younger players as they come through as it will also assist with our salary cap in the fact that these younger players wont cost as much as bringing players back from Australia who we have had to pay a fortune for in the past. Plus they would have been bought up in a culture that is the warriors system built towards having a winning culture.

Things are looking very good for the future and we have the current hierarchy to thank for that.
 

razzrillinger

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Its great to see we are looking to develop our younger players as they come through as it will also assist with our salary cap in the fact that these younger players wont cost as much as bringing players back from Australia who we have had to pay a fortune for in the past. Plus they would have been bought up in a culture that is the warriors system built towards having a winning culture.

Things are looking very good for the future and we have the current hierarchy to thank for that.

Still a long way from debuting I know, but it is nice that we have a player like this on the books where in years past he would have been snapped by the Storm.
 

Rick O'Shay

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You should have trialled for the Warriors back in the day. Fans of the club would have been frothing at their mouths seeing your preseason pics and demanded you to to be given a shot in first grade. Stacey Jones could have just waited a few more years in reserves until he could build up his preseason fitness pic portfolio.

True it's early days but still nice to see a new young guy applying himself and not fainting. Know nothing about this kid other than the vids on here but he does seem to be a bit special. If he keeps up the attitude and works hard there is every chance he could become a star in first grade, even the immortals had to start somewhere
 

bruce

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The younger leaner backs should be up the front of these sorts of drills.
Back in the day I was always up the front because I was a lightweight half/full back but just an average player.
Is the kid that small? Most Fijians have decent sized bone structure at least.
 

tajhay

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Anyone watch how he went for Fiji at the 9s? Great experience for the young kid.
 

JaggedJ

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Scored a nice long range try. Speed was very impressive. Wasn't massively involved.

That's probably the thing that concerns me about him whenever I watched Flegg. Seems to wait for the game to come to him a little too much.

Hopefully experience and a bit of time improves that because when he does get involved he can be electric.
 

Damo

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Scored a nice long range try. Speed was very impressive. Wasn't massively involved.

That's probably the thing that concerns me about him whenever I watched Flegg. Seems to wait for the game to come to him a little too much.

Hopefully experience and a bit of time improves that because when he does get involved he can be electric.
I hope Ken and Roger get in his ear and give him some advice on putting in the mahi.
 

Tony Martin

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Scored a nice long range try. Speed was very impressive. Wasn't massively involved.

That's probably the thing that concerns me about him whenever I watched Flegg. Seems to wait for the game to come to him a little too much.

Hopefully experience and a bit of time improves that because when he does get involved he can be electric.
Agree with all of that. Doesn’t seem to get involved with early tackle hit ups. But has definitely got a lot of speed
 

bangbros18

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Ravutaumada is the next warrior's superstar. He has the x-factor much like a Taumalolo, SBW, Shaun Johnson, Kalyn Ponga have when you see it, you know it.

Very special signing for the Warriors, yes he will have to develop in ISP but he will be special I believe. The last guy I said that about was Sonny Fai.

Tom Ale is shaping up very nicely as well and would be a direct replacement for Joseph Vuna.
Well for the love of god I hope your wrong 😎
 

AusWarriorsFan

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You guys rating h Perham? Seems Sj and RTS rated him, he got about 2 mins first grade and we havnt heard about him since.

I am glad we have another x factor player.


George would be likely to release the 3-4young guns we have. I cant handle how he destroyed our reserves and our Spine in one pre season when we should hae had a shot at the prem with the players we had. I was so excited about last year until i see CNK released, then SJ, my heart is in a dark place with the warriors. I need anothr finals season to get my head behind them again. Yet this draw, seems like all up hlll https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/10/29/how-tough-is-your-clubs-2020-nrl-draw/
 
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