Nagusa Junior on Bulldog’s Radar

Nagusa Junior on Bulldog’s Radar

Proud mum, Makereta Losalini Tuilevuka described the Australian trip as the marvelous work of God in their life. 

Timoci Nagusa Jnr
during his golden
shot put throw in the
Coca Cola Games
earlier this year.
Photo: Leon Lord

Teenager Timoci Nagusa Junior is now in Sydney attending the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs one-week trial at their academy camp.

The 14-year-old Dratabu, Nadi lad is creating his legacy as he has no intention to live off his former Flying Fijians momo’s (dad) record.

The new kid in the block for rugby league is a freshman; he played in the Milo Kaji competition and is a competitive athlete.

The Marist Brothers High School student is the record holder for the sub-junior boy’s shot put throw of 15.04metres. He is also a member of the school Under-14 rugby union side.

“Rugby league is a whole different game, style, rules and an eye opener. Nothing is impossible if the mind is open and the heart is willing,” Nagusa Jnr said yesterday.

“The NRL atmosphere is really ‘wowza’.”


Proud mum, Makereta Losalini Tuilevuka described the Australian trip as the marvelous work of God in their life.

“JJ (Timoci Nagusa Jnr) has no knowledge of the game and right now, I am marveled at the progress he is making in life.

“Canterbury Bulldogs have roped him in to test him. He will return with the programme that he needs to follow.

“He wants to be back before Saturday as his Marist U14 side is in the semi-final.”

Speaking from Sydney yesterday, Nagusa Jnr said: “I will take one opportunity at a time. I will also work hard. The game is new; I’ll need to make myself get used to it. Mum has always been there for me and I plan to make her proud.”

Nagusa Jnr was born in Montpellier, France and lived there for five years.

Fiji Bati head coach Wise Kativerata had initially spotted the young talent.


Kativerata took Nagusa Jnr to the Bulldogs camp as the youngster listened to instructions.

“Listening is a huge challenge for our players,” Kativerata said.

“I’ve noticed when we take Under-16 and U17 players, they do not listen but this kid is just 14 he is good. I’ve been keeping a close watch on him since he was playing in the Kaji competition.”

According to Kativerata, NRL superstar Viliame Kikau is assisting Nagusa Jnr with tips on schedules plus the dos and don’ts.

“When he returns, we will have a conversation. He has the talent, we need to breed him slowly and carefully for him to shine,” he said.