PAPUA New Guinea-born Christopher Minimbi has come a long way from playing in the secondary school’s Deans competition for Marist Brothers High School.
Now, the 21-year-old will enter into the next level of competition, the Super Rugby, for new franchise Fijian Drua.
Minimbi came through the ranks, playing for Fiji Under-20s and later represented Fiji Warriors in the World Rugby Pacific Challenge.
Though he was selected to be part of the Flying Fijians’ wider squad for the Autumn Nations Cup, Minimbi said being part of the Drua was always the dream.
“ Coming through the ranks and follow the path, stay true to yourself”
“Coming through the ranks and follow the path, stay true to yourself,” he said.
“Keep working hard, ask a lot of questions.
“I know that is hard for our culture to do, it’s hard to admit that you don’t know something.
“But if you never ask, you’ll never know.”
The young lock, with maternal links to Kadavu, lost his dad when he was only eight and was raised in PNG until he was 10.
Fiji will always be home for Minimbi, which is why he said yes to the Drua.
“Being near my home was sort of the best thing for me in terms of my development, so I wasn’t really focused in any of that,” he said.
“Just growing as a player and as a person, which is sort of the main goal in the past few years.
“They may have been, but I never really took them into account.”
The Naitasiri forward joins a group of young and promising players who will create history by being the first Fijian team to play in the Super Rugby competition.