Likely to be the youngest player in the squad Rainui Aroita is a tall and powerfully built central defender. Allied to his physical capabilities, Aroita possesses a good football brain and reads the play with a sense of anticipation.
Though only 19, Aroita is nonetheless one of the strongest players in the squad. Besides playing football, he practices boxing and Vaa’a, the Tahitian version of canoe racing.
Aroita had yet to receive his maiden cap when Tahiti won last year’s OFC Nations Cup to achieve qualification for Brazil 2013. His first international experience was as a key member of the 2011 Tahiti U-17 national team which pushed New Zealand all the way in the continental final, before the Kiwis eventually prevailed to reach the world stage.
Aroita’s senior debut came only in March this year with the teenager entering the fray during the second half as New Caledonia gained a measure of revenge for last year’s OFC Nations Cup final, with a 1-0 win over their Francophone rivals.