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Rugby Academy Fiji

  Former Vodafone Flying Fijians utility back Seremaia Bai is starting a rugby academy. The Fijiana XV coach eyes developing younger players through the Rugby Academy Fiji. “This is my
31 Dec 2016 11:00
Rugby Academy Fiji
Fiji Academy of Sports organisers Seremaia Bai and Ben Soso, seasted left with his team, randomly chosen from other sporting bodies. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

 

Former Vodafone Flying Fijians utility back Seremaia Bai is starting a rugby academy.

The Fijiana XV coach eyes developing younger players through the Rugby Academy Fiji.

“This is my way of giving back to Fiji Rugby as rugby has been very much part of my life,”Bai said

“My dream is to start a rugby academy in Fiji and I’m starting to build up on my students and I try to nurture them in the off-season.

“One thing I’ve seen in young players they struggle with their fitness because they finish their season in August.  And the next time you will be involved in competitive rugby is either in June, July or May the next year so I’m trying to fill that gap.

“I plan to teach and develop their rugby skills, knowledge, life after rugby what they expect when they take contracts overseas.”

The 37-year old who played for the English premiership club Leicester has retired from professional player after nearly 20 years of international rugby.

His last 10 years have been spent in the elite European clubs of Clermont, Castres and Tigers.

“For me my philosophy is to use rugby to help make a better person. I want these players to be successful in life mentally, physically and spiritually.

“We are going into our fourth session starting off with four people, my son, my daughter and two boys but the numbers is slowly growing.

“I’m not just training schoolboys but my Fijiana girls as well.

“I think a lot of us here in Fiji like to play but we always have problems in our fitness which this is something that I’m trying to fix especially from the Under-15 grade.

“I’ve been playing rugby for the past 20 years and to do administration is tough, analyzing and training the players its quiet challenging but enjoyment comes with it.  Because when you see them grow and learn a new thing that is what it make it enjoyable.

“You need to educate players on the food they eat, when to sleep, recovery and how to balance their diet,” he said.

Bai has won 50 Test caps for Fiji, 2 Rugby World Cups.

“I’m trying to set a system and a pathway for our younger generation. During my rugby days I have a network so I have a lot of people I know.

“If they train well with a good attitude and good work ethic they can make it.

“The most important thing is education should be on top of your list.”

Bai plans to visit Vanua Levu to recruit for his academy in the New Year.

Edited by Osea Bola

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