Fassiferrn's Leveni Kurumalawai congratulates Jamie Hull after a try this season.
Fassiferrn's Leveni Kurumalawai congratulates Jamie Hull after a try this season. Rob Williams

Leveni can follow in Semi Radradra's footsteps

LEVENI Kurimalawai's fellow Fijian flyer at Fassifern has no doubt the Bombers star centre can follow in the footsteps of Semi Radradra and Suliasi Vunivalu and play in the NRL.

Radradra and Vunivalu, both Fijians, line up this weekend for the Eels and Storm respectively in an NRL semi-final.

In Ipswich, Kurimalawai will take the field for the Bombers on Saturday against Goodna in the Ipswich A Grade grand final after scoring 39 tries so far this season.

His fellow centre Marika Kuriyalavou insists he can go all the way and play NRL.

"There is no question,” Kuriyalavou said.

"Leveni is an inspiration to me. Back home he nearly made the Fijian Sevens squad but he didn't make it so he switched to league.

"Leveni has got the ability to play NRL. He has got the speed and he is unbelievably strong.

"He just needs to work hard and do some extras.

"Back in Fiji Semi and Suli are superstars and we always looked up to them because they play NRL.

"Leveni was always one of the quickest players back in Fiji.

"We used to play against each other.

"We are cousins but we played for different clubs back home.

"It was always very hard to stop him because he is faster than me.

"There is a competition to score tries between us (for Fassifern), and we have to score a try in every game.”

Kuriyalavou can't wait for kickoff at 6pm tonight.

"I was playing rugby union in New Zealand for the Randwick club but this is my first year of rugby league in Australia,” he said.

"I am really looking forward to the grand final.”

Joel Gould



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