Tui Kamikamica returns to rugby after stint with Parramatta Eels
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Tui Kamikamica returns to rugby after stint with Parramatta Eels

Canberra Vikings back-rower Tui Kamikamica is excited to be back playing rugby union after a three-year stint with the Parramatta Eels.

The 21-year-old Kamikamica moved to Australia at the age of 18 after finishing his schooling at Queen Victoria school in Fiji. While at school Kamikamica was a Fijian Schoolboys representative in rugby union.

Tui Kamikamica has signed a contract with the Canberra Vikings.

Tui Kamikamica has signed a contract with the Canberra Vikings.Credit:Stefan Postles

It was during his Schoolboys career that he was picked up by the Eels, and he relocated to Australia to take up a contract.

"I was playing rugby union back home in Fiji, from there the Parramatta Eels saw me play and they called me over to come and play league with them."

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During the 2013 and 2014 seasons Kamikamica played for the Eels under-20s side, proving himself a valuable contributor at that level. This past season Kamikamica has been playing in the NSW Cup for the Wentworthville Magpies.

It was while playing for the Magpies against the Raiders NSW Cup side Mounties that Brumbies assistant coach Dan McKellar spotted him.

"I came here last month to play in Canberra and after the game Dan contacted my manager and asked if I had played rugby before. After he found out I played at school he was very interested in bringing me down to play in the NRC."

Kamikamica is very excited to be playing rugby again after his stint in league.

"I've been really looking forward to it. I've been away from the game for two and a half years now and it means a lot to me to be back because growing up I was always a rugby union player."

McKellar, who is also the Vikings' director of rugby, believes that Kamikamica could be a big asset to the team.

"From what we've seen of Tui he's a strong ball carrier and we'll be looking for him to carry strong and offload in contact.

"Tui has the potential to be a real point of difference as a rugby player I believe."