Super Rugby Is All About Attitude: Bobo 

A common Fijian habit is the consumption of alcohol and failure to turn up for training while the others are present for the session.
22 Sep 2021 16:11
Super Rugby Is All About Attitude: Bobo 
Sireli Bobo at Uprising Sports Complex. Photo: Leon Lord

You must have a positive attitude to survive the intensity of the Super Rugby Pacific competition.

That was the gist of former Hurricane’s winger, Sireli Bobo’s message during an interview with SUNsports on the Fijian Drua’s debut in February’s newly revamped Super Rugby Pacific competition.

Bobo played for the Hurricanes in the 2004 Super Rugby, and he stressed the importance of players coming in with the right attitude.

He said local and overseas-based players coming in for the Drua must change their attitude.

“Fijian players are often known for our attitude problems on and off the field,” he said.

“Talent can take you places but with a poor attitude you are nothing and your talent is wasted.

“This is the Super Rugby; it is a different ball game altogether.

“They will be playing against the best players from the Southern Hemisphere, and they don’t joke around.”

Bobo said to play in a professional environment, it requires commitment and professionalism at the highest level.

“It comes again to good attitude that can help the club and the player go far.

“These players should really change the way they do things and basically adapt to the professional environment.

“A common Fijian habit is the consumption of alcohol and failure to turn up for training while the others are present for the session. Players should learn from the experience of former reps like us. It’s a must that they change their attitude.”

Bobo said when it comes to Super Rugby, you would have to change the unchangeable.

“Change their eating habits, mindset and the way they approach the game.”

Bobo backed former team-mate Sireli Naqelevuki’s comments on body conditioning.

“Naqelevuki is right about conditioning, this is vital for the players when it comes to Super Rugby,” he said.

“They need to be fit mentally and physically in order to compete weekly.

“That is with good strength, speed, endurance and most importantly mental toughness. This is because you’ll have to analyse yourself weekly.”

“When a player is carved out of New Zealand, he is a class player because of the professional environment,” Bobo said.

“For Pacific Island players including Fijians we won’t be retiring in the Super Rugby competition.

“In fact, use the competition as the door to another opportunity somewhere else around the world. “When you come out of that competition your value is really high and other clubs are willing to recruit you.

“Clubs would prefer to recruit a Super Rugby player over a Flying Fijian or a Fijian 7s player,” he added.


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