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Serevi: Reps Can Do It

Rugby sevens legend Waisale Serevi warns Fiji should learn from the past and believes local players should be given priority for Olympic selection. Serevi believes Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach
11 Mar 2020 11:01
Serevi: Reps Can Do It
Sevens legend Waisale Serevi.

Rugby sevens legend Waisale Serevi warns Fiji should learn from the past and believes local players should be given priority for Olympic selection.

Serevi believes Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber has a plan in place and he will make the final decision.

Serevi said Baber has drawn up a plan and knows exactly who he has in mind.

“That’s Baber’s decision.”

Serevi said what people needed to understand was that some of the best overseas players were part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2018 Rugby Sevens World Cup team and yet the team failed to win.

“It is in my view that a few players would help the team for the Olympics. But we have the local players and we saw what the local payers can do in Sydney and Los Angeles.

“The key thing for any coach is consistency. That’s the most worrying thing for now to perform week in and week out.”

Serevi said coach Baber had the final call on whether he wanted to go with local boys or include overseas-based players.

“It all comes down to Baber. I know he has a plan in place.”

Serevi also said Semi Radradra had shown interest, but again it all came down to commitment.

“I think a forward and a backline player would help the team, but that’s just me,” he said.

Tuivuaka’s fan favourite

Of all the players on the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team, one stood out as a fan favourite in Vancouver.

He’s not Napolioni Bolaca, who sure is a cut above for many including commentators, Sean Maloney and Karl Te Nana. But it’s Asaeli Tuivuaka, affably knows as the ‘Tank.’ The fans loved him for his work-rate. Every time he stepped on the pitch he made it known.

His physicality, the dreaded, stare and hits drew the comparison of former rep, Eroni ‘Sledgehammer’ Sau.

“Tuivuaka is what hard work is all about,” Maloney said.

“This guy is quickly learning the moves. Last year, he would run at you, not that he doesn’t anymore, but he can sidestep, weave and swerve as the Fijians do.”

Te Nana said: “Tuivuaka is growing in the game, the fans love him.

“You don’t want to get taken-out by the ‘Tank’. That would hurt.”

He said Tuivuaka was a special player at the BC Place Stadium and deserved a mention.

Edited by Osea Bola

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