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Watch Fiji: Kerevi

Wallabies centre Samuela Kerevi is raring for a chance to play against the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians at next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. The Viseisei, Lautoka, native is
14 Dec 2018 11:00
Watch Fiji: Kerevi
From left; Nimilote Kerevi (father),Josua Kerevi (brother), Fijian-born Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi and Senimili Kerevi (mother) at the Nadi International Airport on December 13, 2018. Photo:Waisea Nasokia

Wallabies centre Samuela Kerevi is raring for a chance to play against the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians at next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The Viseisei, Lautoka, native is in the coun­try for his brother, Josua Kerevi’s, wedding today.

Kerevi was impressed with the Flying Fiji­ans’ historic win over France in Paris on No­vember 25, although it did not surprise him.

“I was really pleased with how the result went, obviously defeating France; but look­ing at the Fijian team, for me, it wasn’t a big surprise,” he said.

“They’ve got a lot of talented players and, watching the game, they really wanted it more than the French.

“Fiji’s backline was looking really dan­gerous. With players like Semi Radradra, I think they have more good chance at next year’s tournament.”

Kerevi also issued a warning for teams at the World Cup: take Fiji lightly at your own peril.

“I think they will be dangerous in the World Cup. We are in the same pool and they are definitely not a team to take lightly,” he said.

Despite being riddled with injuries, the 25-year-old was part of the Australian side during its recent “disappointing” Northern Hemisphere tour.

He is keeping his fingers crossed on his fit­ness for the 2019 RWC.

The Wallabies are in Pool D with Wales, Georgia, Fiji and Uruguay. The tournament is set for September 20 – November 2.

“Hopefully I can play and if I play against Fiji it would be the first time I’ve played them and it will be really interesting,” he said.

The wedding will also serve as a reunion for Kerevi in Fiji, where all members of his fam­ily will be present after so many years.

Edited by Sheldon Chanel

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