Super Test Great: Serevi

Solid chance of retaining gold medal at Tokyo Olympics in July
19 Apr 2021 13:29
Super Test Great: Serevi
Waisale Serevi. Photo: Leon Lord

Seven’s rugby legend Waisale Serevi believes the Fijian Drua’s participation in the 2022 Super Rugby competition is a positive step.

Speaking to SUNsports Serevi said the only way to improve was to play in tougher competitions.

“To be the best in the world we need to play against the best in the planet to gauge where we are and then we can work hard in order to achieve our goals,” he said.

“I believe this is a positive step for Fiji rugby.

“The only way for us to get better in 15s is for us to play in competitive competition like Super Rugby.

“I believe it’s a great way forward for local players. And if we can add some overseas-based players is good but the thing that people ask as to why Fiji is not successful in 15s rugby.

“In sevens we stay together and train together normally like 99 per cent local players play together.

“So, in 15s it is difficult for us because we always struggled.

“The reason is when we play test rugby a lot of Australian, New Zealand players have been playing seven to eight tests a year and training together as well.

“For us we have individual players but for 15s it is all about players working together as a team and understanding each other playing together week in and week out.

“For example, France plays at the Six Nations and Autumn tests.

“For us coming in one week or one month before the Rugby World Cup is a challenge and the biggest obstacle.

“Unless we have sponsors that can pay the players to stay in Fiji and play test matches abroad.

“It’s good playing Samoa, Tonga and Georgia but we are all rated tier two rugby countries.

“For the Drua to be in the Super Rugby is a positive step for us to get in there and play against top players from other countries.”


Tokyo Olympics

Meanwhile, the man who led Fiji to winning the Rugby Sevens World Cup (Melrose Cup) in 1997 and 2005 said the Gareth Baber-coached side has a great opportunity to retain the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in July.

Based in the United States of America, Serevi said he saw the squad in three training sessions.

“The boys are really working hard and we are one of the top four or five teams that have the opportunity to win the gold medal,”Serevi said.

“I believe we’ve a solid chance of retaining the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

“In a game of sevens rugby, kickoffs are very crucial and important that decides the outcome of a game.

“We should have a good kicker and good chasers who are tall and fast so they can win the ball back.

“The kickoffs and the contact areas are two areas that teams are using to win games.

“It’s good to see that the boys are practising and working hard on these areas during training.

“They are on course for a great outing in Japan.

“We have X-factors in the team, the teamwork is there. There is a great team culture which is especially important in any team.

“They have the making of a good team.”



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