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Getting Ready For Rio

  Sevens rugby maestro Waisale Serevi believes the Hong Kong and Singapore 7s tournaments will provide the ideal platform for teams to test themselves before heading to the Olympic Games
09 Apr 2016 12:39
Getting Ready For Rio
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Sevens rugby maestro Waisale Serevi believes the Hong Kong and Singapore 7s tournaments will provide the ideal platform for teams to test themselves before heading to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August.

“Fiji are definitely challenging for the gold medal, but there are many teams trying to get resources and to go to the Olympics and compete,” he indicated, naming New Zealand, South Africa and the United States as other gold-medal contenders.

“I believe they want to test players, who are capable of changing situations on the field, taking the pressure when the pressure’s on, delivering what is needed, when it’s needed the most – that is what coaches are looking for at the moment.”

He told the Singapore media that the beauty of 7s rugby is that we cannot predict who will win.

“It is going to be a tough tournament, the top three teams are close to each other,” Serevi pointed out.

Fiji are leading the 18-nation standings on 106 points, with South Africa (105) and New Zealand (104) in close pursuit.

“The team to watch will be the US. They are sending their best team to Hong Kong, excluding Andrew Durutalo (Sunwolves flanker). They won the London Sevens last year,” said Serevi, who could not let his mind stray too far from the Olympics and its impact on Fiji.

“I’m so excited for the opportunity that is there for Fiji. First of all, our population is less than a million, and to win the gold medal is a bonus.”

Serevi is widely regarded as the greatest player to step out onto the pitch in a rugby 7s game, and he believes every Fijian is willing the team on to win gold in Rio de Janeiro where the Olympics kicks off in August.

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