Serevi: Only If They Ask

“For me, Fiji is always in my heart, if they need help, I’m always here. I don’t want to force myself in to help”
16 Mar 2020 09:31
Serevi: Only If They Ask
Sevens maestro Waisale Serevi with Fiji Airways Fijian 7s assistant coach Brad Harris at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on March 14, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Maestro Waisale Serevi will only step in to help the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team for the Olympic Games if he is asked to.

Serevi told SUNsports on Saturday night that head coach, Gareth Baber is doing really well for the last couple of years.

“He (Baber) has the contract right to the Olympics,” Serevi stressed.

“For me, Fiji is always in my heart, if they need help, I’m always here. I don’t want to force myself in to help”

Serevi captained the Fijian 7s to win the Sevens Rugby World Cup in 1997 and 2005. He also coached the national 7s team to win their first World Sevens Series in 2005/06.

The Qarani, Gau native made his way to Vancouver to support the Fijian 7s team during the Canada Sevens, last weekend. He was invited to the team’s hotel to present the jerseys to the players.

The Fijians finished a disappointing 7th position blowing their chances of retaining the World Sevens Series title.

“I look at the team as part of my family and my life that is why I support them where ever they go,” Serevi added.

Meanwhile, former national 7s players are looking forward to this weekend’s Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament to prove their worth to Baber.

Defending champions Police Blue have Olympians Samisoni Viriviri and robust playmaker Kitione Taliga. Also, in their squad are Keponi Paul, Suliano Volivoli and veteran winger Joeli Lutumailagi.

It is understood arrangements are being done for former Fijian 7s captain Kalione Nasoko to join Police and get some game time.

Nasoko is undergoing medical rehab after hurting his anterior cruciate ligament during the Canada Sevens, last March.

The 28-year-old has been working out with the national 7s training squad and is hoping to fully recover in April.

The Law Enforcers have already won the McDonald’s Coral Coast Sevens and the Fiji Bitter Nawaka Sevens tournaments.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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