Canterbury Bulldogs’ Fijian flyer Bill Kikau made an important move today by signing up two local schoolboys for his Fiji-based academy as part of efforts to provide pathways for aspiring professional rugby league players.
The two schoolboys who committed to the academy are 16-year-old Samuela Ratavola from Vashist Muni College and 17-year-old George Satakala from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial School.
By joining the academy, these young talents will have a pathway to pursue their dreams of becoming professional rugby league players.
Kikau, who recently joined the Bulldogs from the Penrith Panthers, said he was proud to be involved in an initiative that provides a platform for young Fijian players to break into the NRL. With 152 NRL appearances and 38 tries under his belt since his debut in 2017, Kikau aims to inspire others both on and off the field.
“One of my main goals in playing rugby league, and in life in general is to inspire,” Kikau said during the signing at the Fiji National Rugby League head office in Suva today. “That is at the forefront of getting this academy running, inspiring all these young players in Fiji to play professional football. A big thank you to the bulldogs to come here to Fiji, starting off with these two gentlemen already here. Hopefully, we could build this relationship and get better in the future.”