Meli A Future Leader: Tuwai

“I can see he is a good future leader and I will help him on what needs to be done," he said.
24 Jan 2020 13:04
Meli A Future Leader: Tuwai
Fiji's Meli Derenalagi during training session prior to the HSBC New Zealand Sevens 2020 men's competition on 21 January, 2020 in Hamilton, New Zealand. Photo: World Rugby

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s rep Seremaia Tuwai has given his full backing to fellow co-captain Meli Derenalagi for the Hamilton-leg of the World Sevens Series which kicksoff at FMG Stadium tomorrow.

Tuwai is ready to help Derenalagi on what needs to be done during the tournament.

“He is very dedicated to training and has always put up his best performance,” Tuwai said.

“I can see he is a good future leader and I will help him on what needs to be done.”

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber said sharing the lead role would help Derenalagi on making decisions.

“By pushing other people into that space, you look at the characteristics and traits of leaders,” he said.

“That is exactly what Derenalagi has shown in his short career as a player.

“You want more decision making on the field, there are some areas of the game that he has to make decisions based around the lineout and scrummaging.

“I felt that it was a good opportunity for him to feel and practice some of that to get better at it.”

Tuwai added they have a tough pool with the likes of Argentina, Samoa and Australia.

“We will always take one game at a time and try to qualify for semifinal by winning all the pool matches.”

Derenalagi is ready to take on the challenge with guidance of experienced players in the team.


Baber is aware of how crucial each game is.

“Sure everybody is aware of how important every game is. Our intention is winning every game,” he said.

He added the pool opener against Samoa would be physical.

“We’ve played Samoa twice before and we know what to do.

“Everybody is going to say that it is going to be physical, what we don’t want to do is create a mindset that it is going to be physical.”

Baber also commended the support from the Fijian community in Hamilton.

The Fijians meet Samoa in their opening match at 12.47pm tomorrow, Australia at 6.35pm and Argentina at 11.57am on Sunday.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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