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Rookie Derenalagi Eyes All 7s Series Tournaments

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s rep Meli Derenalagi intends to represent the country in the re­maining tournaments of the HSBC World Sevens Series. “It was good exposure for me and to
13 Dec 2018 11:00
Rookie Derenalagi Eyes All 7s Series  Tournaments
Fiji Airways 7s rep Meli Derenalagi with his family at the Nadi International Airport on December 12, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s rep Meli Derenalagi intends to represent the country in the re­maining tournaments of the HSBC World Sevens Series.

“It was good exposure for me and to win in Cape Town was a bonus,” he said.

“I am proud of this mo­ment and it will never for­get it. We did hit the low in Dubai and we gathered the pieces together. The sen­ior players were astound­ing in the forms.”

The former Queen Vic­toria School student was part of the Josateki Savou coached-Fiji Development men’s 7s team that played against the Japan national 7s team at Oita City in Ja­pan month ago.

He is the son of Vuniani, a former Nadi and nation­al rugby flanker who was dubbed the ‘White Shark’ in his sporting career.

Derenalagi wants to rep­resent the side in the re­maining eight stops in the Series.

“I must maintain my fit­ness, be explosive and sus­tain speed and power,” he said.

Derenalagi was also part of the Vodafone Fijian Un¬der-20 team that won the World Rugby U20 Tro­phy in Bucharest, Roma­nia.

Last night, he was hosted to a feast at his village of Nawaka, Nadi, to cel­ebrate his victorious re­turn.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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