Next Generation - Ben Volavola


By HSBC Waratahs Media Unit

Exclusive to  Meet the latest additions to the HSBC Waratahs squad with our new weekly feature, Next Generation.

This week – Ben Volavola

A Sydney Premiership standout, Southern Districts’ rising star Ben Volavola is the latest addition to the HSBC Waratahs squad for 2013 after securing the last spot in the Extended Playing Squad with an impressive two-week trial last month.

One of four up and coming Shute Shield youngsters invited to join the squad for the first two weeks of pre-season training, the 21-year-old fly half/fullback combines bags of potential with an existing ability to threaten from the frontline or backline of attack.

Born in Sydney, Ben’s passion for rugby was ignited at the age of seven, whilst living in the Fijian town of Suva where he spent his early childhood before returning to Sydney and settling in the St George region. He lives in Narwee with his mum Ema and younger brother Milan (17), who plays second row for Trinity College.

Newcomer Volavola at a pre-season training session in Manly.

60 seconds with....Ben Volavola

1. Best rugby memory – winning the second grade premiership with Souths last year
2. If you weren’t a rugby player, you’d be – a personal trainer.  I’ve just completed my Certificate III and IV in Fitness with the Australian Institute of Fitness.
3. Your role model in life – My dad for his work ethic.  He had a tough childhood, he taught me to work hard, to never to give up and work for your goals.

4. Best pre-match tune – Any Motown track because it keeps me relaxed
5. First thing you think of on a match day – Breakfast!  Milo and milk, Weetbix and a bit of fruit.

6. If you could play with one player from history who would it be – Hard to decide.  Either Mark Ella, Christian Cullen and Dan Carter because at their time, they were the best in the world in their positions.
7. Best thing about being a professional sportsman – Being able to do what you enjoy every day
8. And the worst – The first sessions of the season on the Coogee and Queenscliff steps!
9. Favourite movie – Remember the Titans
10. Aspiration for your first season
– Become a better, more mature player and hopefully get an opportunity to play Super Rugby.
11. First impression of the Waratahs – Really professional. Welcoming and a great environment to be in, one that makes it easy to get the best out of yourself.

Next week...Sam Lane

Cam Crawford
Ollie Atkins
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