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'7s is our game'

Manoj Kumar
Thursday, November 22, 2012

WAISALE Serevi feels we are on track in our bid to succeed at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia next year and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

"We have a lot of good young talented players," the two-time sevens world cup winner said at the weekend.

USA-based Serevi said he had seen a lot of changes over "the last three to four years".

"A lot more players are coming through the grades now. Players who are a lot fitter and willing to give the game their best shot," he said after watching Red Rock lift $33,000 as winners of the Coral Coast Sevens at Lawaqa Park.

"The good thing is that most of them are very young. There is a lot of depth in Fiji sevens rugby and I feel we will go a long way. The signs are good as we approach the next Rugby Sevens World Cup and the Olympic Games in 2016."

Former national sevens coach/player Serevi said all the players needed to do "was stay focused and live their dream of wearing the national jumper".

Serevi said: "Sevens is our game. If the players can maintain their discipline and focus all their energy into making it big on the world stage, nothing will stop us from ruling the world in sevens."

The maestro jets out to USA today after appearing as a guest player in the Serevi Select side at the Coral Coast Sevens.

Serevi Rugby Nation media and business partner in Fiji, Pravin Chand confirmed that Serevi would not be travelling to Savusavu for a sevens tournament orgnaised by Netani Gucake this weekend.

"He will be flying out (today) because of business and family commitment," Fairtrade Auto managing director Chand said yesterday.

Serevi teamed up in the Serevi Select team alongside former England skipper Ben Gollings and former USA sevens captain Matt Hawkins. They were beaten in the bowl semi-final. Qauia-based Red Rock went on to win the competition.

Led by the impressive Jasa Veremalua, Red Rock beat Tokatoka Babas in the quarter-final, Davetalevu in the semi-final and Police in a closely fought grand final. Police took home $11,000.

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