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Rawaca: Who’s SBW?

  The Vodafone Fijian 7s flyer Savenaca Rawaca said they are ready to take on Sonny Bill Williams if they face New Zealand in the Wellington 7s at the Westpac
27 Jan 2016 12:11
Rawaca: Who’s SBW?
Vodafone 7's rep Jerry Tuwai, Semi Kunatani, a fan Eseroma Nasilasila, Savenaca Rawaca and Amenoni Nasilasila at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

The Vodafone Fijian 7s flyer Savenaca Rawaca said they are ready to take on Sonny Bill Williams if they face New Zealand in the Wellington 7s at the Westpac Stadium this weekend.

Sensational All Blacks centre SBW is delighted after being selected by Sir Gordon Tietjens on Monday.

“Who is Sonny Bill Williams? Why he is so different from other players. He is just like us,” Rawaca said.

“We can match him as he got two hands, two legs just like us the rest of us. I want to play against him especially as there are lot of things said about him.”

The Navatu, Bua, native made his debut at the 2014 Gold Coast 7s and has maintained his spot ever since.

“It is true we haven’t won in Wellington in the last five years and we can’t afford to lose again this time around,” he said.

“This will be my second outing in Wellington and can confidently say we are ready as team.”

Fiji leads the series with South Africa on 35 points each.

Clark: SBW can be sensational

Television commentator Greg Clark rates the Kiwis ahead of the rounds three and four of the World Sevens Series in Wellington.

“The Kiwis were hit with an injury crisis so don’t read too much into their poor results first up, they’ll of course be back and on home soil they will be a force,”Clark said.

“I’ve known Sir Gordon Tietjens for many years and while he’s not usually one to panic, he was tearing out what ever hair he had left as he lost player after player to injury in both Dubai and Cape Town.

“Critics were wondering if the Kiwis had done anything different as far as strength and conditioning goes, or were the multiple injuries just bad luck?

“Whatever the case, one thing we’ve come to expect over the years is their ability to roll out new talent.

“They’re coming off their worst result for some time, losing a Plate semifinal in Cape Town, but expect them to be a major contender at the business end in Wellington.

“They’ll be without injured captain Scott Curry again but the experienced Tim Mikkleson is stepping up and will do a good job. We’ll just have to wait to see if Sonny Bill Williams makes his World Series debut in front of his home fans. Let’s hope he’s ready.

“I think he has the capacity to be sensational in sevens. His ability to offload in the tackle is going to be a valuable asset for New Zealand and from what I’m hearing, the dual World Cup winner is taking his new challenge very seriously.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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