Barry Tapau-Fewquandie, 14, talks about his future with Petero Civoniceva.
Barry Tapau-Fewquandie, 14, talks about his future with Petero Civoniceva. Louise Cheer

Teen gets chance to talk to idol as he chases own NRL dream

NOT many 14-year-olds get to chat one-on-one with Petero Civoniceva.

But aspiring rugby player Barry Tapau-Fewquandie got the rare chance to meet with the former Broncos forward when he paid a visit to the Murgon Sportsgrounds last Friday.

Civoniceva chatted to him about his future career and the importance of staying in school.

Despite being a Melbourne Storm supporter, Barry said he was excited to meet the former Broncos star.

"He's very inspirational and it was an honour to meet him," he said.

"I've been following his career and I look up to him."

The Murgon Mustangs player said he aspired to play for the NRL.

"I've been playing since I was 6," he said.

"I love it because you get to make new friends and have fun.

"My team are the Storm and I hope to play for them one day if I get the chance."

Barry has already made progress on his career.

"I made it to the South Burnett and Wide Bay under-14 teams, and the schoolboys' competition," he said.

"It felt good because I never thought I had it in me.

"It's all been coming out in the last few years."

Civoniceva visited the South Burnett last Thursday and Friday to talk to children about bullying and racism.

He will return on Thursday to visit Blackbutt, Yarraman and Nanango state schools.