FORMER Veiuto Primary School student Filimoni Savou says he is ready to join the England 7s squad if he is given an opportunity.
Savou is a student of Shiplake College in Oxfordshire in England and is in the country for his summer holidays.
Speaking to The Fiji Times at his family home in Valelevu yesterday, Savou said his aim was to play for England and he had been training hard for when the opportunity came around.
Savou said he had heard that the England 7s officials had been talking about recruiting more Fijians into their squad and his focus now was to get into the Ben Ryan-coached side.
"Yes, my aim is to play for England in future," said the son of former national sevens rep and coach Josateki Savou.
"I know there will also be opportunities to play here in the Fiji team but I have made up my mind and I'm focussed on achieving my goal," the 15-year-old said.
The former Suva Kaji player said working closely with coaches at Shiplake College and at the Saracens Academy had helped develop his young rugby career.
"This year I was playing in the under-15 competition but I have already been told by my coaches at school that when I return I will be playing for our First XV, which is equivalent to under-18 in Fiji.
"This is a new challenge for me but I'm happy that this move will be part of my development to be a better rugby player," Savou said.
Savou said while he had plans to play for England, this did not stop him from following the performance of the Fiji 7s team.
"Oh, yes, I always read about the performance of the Fiji team on the internet."
While Savou hardly meets any Fijian where he studies, he says he looks forward to training with the Saracens Academy where he meets former Flying Fijians Michael Tagicakibau, Mosese Rauluni and Kameli Ratuvou.
Savou started his budding rugby career in England with the Terrington Hall School and helped his team win the under-13 trophy after scoring a hat-trick in the final.
Savou's mesmerising form caught the eyes of the Saracerns Rugby Union officials who then offered a place in their academy.
Savou said he would be in the country until next month.