Fi­jian rug­ger makes USA U20 squad

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A Fi­jian, now Amer­i­can cit­i­zen, Cyrille Cama, 19, has been named in the USA Men’s Un­der-20 rugby union side. Head coach Scott Bracken on Mon­day named 33 play­ers mostly com­prised of US col­le­giate and high school play­ers with over­seas clubs rep­re­sen­ta­tives also on the list.

Cama’s fam­ily mi­grated to Los An­ge­les in 2013 con­sist­ing of his par­ents Remi and Mar­jorie (nee Vosani­bola) plus three sib­lings. Cama is num­ber two, his older sis­ter is now a nurse while his two younger sib­lings are at­tend­ing sec­ondary and pri­mary school re­spec­tively.

He was cap­tain for St John Bosco Rugby for two con­sec­u­tive years de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons CIF com­pe­ti­tion. St John Bosco is the Cal­i­for­nia Na­tional High School Cham­pi­ons in foot­ball where he played in the back­line and also for two years in the Var­sity team.

His older sis­ter Theresa Le­fina Cama, 22, paid for his tu­ition. He is cur­rently part of the Rhi­nos academy (Amer­i­can Foot­ball) where he has full schol­ar­ship.

He is from Na­tokalau, Kubu­lau in Bua with ma­ter­nal links in Bureta, Ovalau.

When he en­rolled in St John Bosco, word went around that he’s Fi­jian and first one for that mat­ter, ac­cord­ing to his Fi­jian nanny Maraia Tuioka Ba­tivudi.

Ba­tivudi, from Wainiyabia in Serua said Cama loved rugby and was a mem­ber of the St Agnes Pri­mary School team in Nabua when he schooled here.

“He loves rugby and it was no sur­prise when he called to say he was named in the US U20,” Ba­tivudi said.

His late ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther Apolosi Vosani­bola rep­re­sented the Fiji Sec­ondary Schools rugby team that toured New Zealand in 1967.

Cama is do­ing his ma­jors in Crim­i­nal Jus­tice and is vy­ing for a ca­reer in law en­force­ment

He has toured South Africa twice to par­tic­i­pate in the world tour­na­ment in 2017 and 2018.

He started play­ing as a half­back, to full­back, wing, then switched to No. 8 based on need. As a se­nior he played No. 8.

The USA U20s were orig­i­nally set to play in the in­au­gu­ral Men’s U20 Amer­i­cas Rugby Cham­pi­onship. While the com­pe­ti­tion was post­poned due to COVID-19, World Rugby con­tin­ues to eval­u­ate the cli­mate for an op­por­tu­nity to host the event later this year.

If the U20 ARC is to be can­celled en­tirely, USA Rugby High Per­for­mance will seek al­ter­na­tive com­pe­ti­tions, in line with World Rugby’s re­turn to play pro­to­col, to give all ath­letes an op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent the United States.

Photo: Remi Cama

Fiji-born Cyrille Cama is a mem­ber of the USA Un­der-20 squad.

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