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Simply the best

Maciu Malo
Friday, January 18, 2013

RENOWNED world 7s rugby commentator Willie Lose rates national Digicel 7s skipper Setefano Cakau alongside the greatest Fijian 7s players that have graced the international rugby scene.

And in his list of favourite players he still regards Fiji 7s magician Waisale Serevi as the best in the game.

Lose is a former Tongan international rugby player and has been a TV commentator on the IRB HSBC Sevens World Series over the last 10 years.

Lose said Fiji had groomed some of the world's star 7s players and he was fortunate to watch them weave their magic around the world.

He said he had been a fan of Cakau since watching the soft-spoken Namosi native rise through the ranks in the International Rugby Board 7s series.

"I think the guy that we got at the moment Setefano Cakau has been an inspirational captain," Lose said.

Lose said: "He (Cakau) does things extraordinarily. I have seen him develop through the years."

"He is one of the best 7s captains and has been instrumental for Fiji in the world stage," he added

He also rated other Fijians highly.

"One is William Ryder who has an exceptional talent. It is sad to have lost him to 15s rugby because I think he could have become one of the great 7s players. He had the abilities to do things that other players couldn't do.

"I always like Satala (Viliame)."

Like his fellow legendary commentator Keith Quinn, Lose rated 7s wizard Waisale Serevi as the best in the game.

"My favourite has to be Waisale Serevi because I remembered watching him break so many New Zealanders' hearts and other teams for a number of occasions beating them single-handed.

"I have seen him beat teams in the last seconds of the games.

"His ability to beat players, to read situations, to throw passes and introduce new things these players are now doing - it's all magic.

"I have been watching sevens rugby for over a decade and I was lucky to be there for so long. I have seen Serevi hold the Melrose Cup in 2005 with Delasau and Vunibaka," he said.

Lose said he was grateful to be part of the Uprising 7s.

"It's amazing for me to be here, I spoke with Gordon Tietjens and number of New Zealand players that played in this 7s competition for the past three years and for them it is a highlight of a greater understanding of why Fiji is so passionate about the sport, why the crowd get behind them," he said.

"I am looking forward to see new talents from this competition," he added.

The two-day competition will be held at Lautoka's Churchill Park this morning with defending champion Wardens facing Yamacia in their first pool game at 10am.


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