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Savenaca Rawaca 15s Focus In 2017

Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan believes Savenaca Rawaca has the potential to take the Aviva Premiership by storm, after the powerful Fijian 7s star will be joining the Allianz
15 Jan 2016 14:52
Savenaca Rawaca 15s Focus In 2017
Savenaca Rawaca,Vodafone Fiji 7's rep

Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan believes Savenaca Rawaca has the potential to take the Aviva Premiership by storm, after the powerful

Fijian 7s star will be joining the Allianz Park side next season.

The highly successful 7s coach believes Rawaca has both the talent and the attitude to thrive at Saracens, with the flying Fijian wing or centre starring for Ryan’s 7s side as they head into the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“Save is a terrifically talented young Fijian,” said Ryan.

“He is incredibly powerful both in attack and defence, he’s very quick for 105kgs, has a very powerful fend, good footwork and is real team player. If you think of his ball carrying ability he’s similar to a Manu Tuilagi, he plays in that kind of mould where he combines raw power with great footwork. He’s a very good player and I think he’ll make a great impact in the Aviva Premiership.

“When he gets more settled in with things at Saracens, I think he could definitely move into the midfield. Initially I’m sure with a new club, he will also play on the wing but that’s obviously up to Saracens but I know that the Fiji 15s side are looking at him as both a centre and a winger. He’s got that flexibility in his game.”

Ryan revealed that Rawaca had sought out Saracens Fijian-born Italy international Samuela Vunisa before making the move, and after speaking to him and Mark McCall’s coaching team Rawaca believes a move to Allianz Park would be the perfect setting to continue his development.

Ryan said: “Save had a huge amount of options from teams across Europe, and chatting with him about those options he was very clear that he wanted to go to Saracens. Having watched them play and having talked to Vunisa that really made his mind up for him. With Saracens winning silverware and at the top of the Premiership it’s a great time for him to make the move. All of that, plus the coaching staff at

Saracens, mean it’s a very good move for him and his partner. It can be quite daunting for a young Fijian to come over to London, but I’m sure he’s going to the right environment where he will flourish.

“For Fijian rugby, this is joined up thinking for Save. John McKee’s (Fijian head coach) been in the loop and Save is essential to the Flying Fijian’s plans going into the 2019 World Cup.

“The Olympics are his big focus. He had a lot of options to go to Europe last year but he wanted to stay put, get in the Fijian Olympic team, and hopefully win a gold medal. Once Rio’s over his new career starts with Saracens.

Rawaca, excited
On joining Saracens next season, Rawaca said: “I’m excited for this opportunity. It’s a huge club that I want to play as well as I can for.

Once my commitments with Fiji 7s finish after the Olympic Games my focus will be totally on 15’s and Saracens. I intend on taking this opportunity with both hands and joining an amazing club with world class players and coaches.”

Mark McCall
Speaking of Rawaca’s signing, Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said: “Save is an exciting player and at 24-years old he still has a huge amount of potential. I’m sure his physical type of game will flourish in both the Aviva Premiership and European rugby.
Saracens Rugby Club

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