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Delasau: Players Must Change Attitude, To Lift Their ‘A Game’

“Super Rugby, as we all know is the pinnacle of all professional club competition around the world,” Delasau said. “It was a very competitive one going back fifteen years ago when I was playing.”
03 Sep 2021 12:39
Delasau: Players Must Change Attitude, To Lift Their ‘A Game’
Former Flying Fijians winger Vilimoni Delasau.

Former Flying Fijians winger, Vilimoni Delasau, believes that playing in the Super Rugby competition helped take his sporting career to a higher level.

Delasau played for the Crusaders in 2005 when it was known as the Super 12 and in 2006, he played for the Highlanders when it became Super 14.

Speaking from Ba yesterday, the 44-year-old has urged local-based players to change their attitude and lift their game if they are to play for the Fijian Drua.

The Drua will make their Super Rugby debut in February alongside the Moana Pasifika side.

“Super Rugby, as we all know is the pinnacle of all professional club competition around the world,” Delasau said.

“It was a very competitive one going back fifteen years ago when I was playing.”https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1G6SM23DvrEYARviokCMuxOnUv_kFzAAbdp6vfzM3LNQ/prefill

Over the decades, Fijian players who have made their mark in Super Rugby are; Joeli Vidiri, Marika Vunibaka, Rupeni Caucaunibuca, Seru Rabeni, Jacob Rauluni, Iliesa Tanivula, Deacon Manu, Isa Nacewa, Joe Rokocoko, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Radike Samo, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Sireli Naqelevuki, Api Naevo, Lote Tuqiri, Vula Maimuri, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Nemani Nadolo, Ben Volavola, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Seta Tamanivalu, Manasa Mataele, Marika Koroibete, Sevu Reece, George Bower, Isi Naisarani, Frank Lomani and the list goes on.

“For me, personally it was very exciting and a dream come true, especially for being a Fijian kid growing up in the village. It’s not only us Fijian but for the Tongan and Samoan boys too who wanted to be part of it.”

Delasau said from his Super Rugby experience, it increased his value as a player and as a result it opened up doors for him to play with top clubs in Japan and France.

“It was a blessing for me to be part of the Highlanders and Crusaders outfit,” he added.

“All the competition are the world is unique in their own ways. During my time the (French) Top 14 games were not that competitive but compared to Super Rugby it was highly competitive week in and week out for nine weeks. And it is still very competitive today.”

The Sorokoba flyer went on play 29 Test matches for the Flying Fijians from 2000 to 2008.

In 2007, he was one of Fiji’s stars at the 2007 Rugby World Cup where they beat Wales 38-34 to qualify for the quarterfinal where they took eventual winners South Africa to the wire.

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