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Serevi's World Cup dream

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Friday, March 01, 2013

OF all the names involved in Rugby Sevens, one still captures the imagination of fans around the world more than any other.

Over the course of two decades, the name of Waisale Serevi became synonymous with the Rugby World Cup Sevens, which this year marks its 20th anniversary when Moscow hosts the sixth edition.

In the build-up to the eagerly awaited pool allocation draw for the Moscow tournament on Thursday, Serevi has spoken passionately about the event and its effects on his career.

"When you start out as a young rugby player you go to lots of places and play in all sorts of tournaments but it's everyone's dream to play in a Rugby World Cup. I've been lucky enough in my career to go to seven Rugby World Cups - three in fifteens and four in sevens - and it's something very special to me."

Serevi's first taste of the Rugby World Cup movement came in the 15-a-side game in 1991, in a 13-3 loss to Canada in Bayonne. That day he played in the same side as the current Fiji coach, Alifereti Dere, and opposite Canada's great fly-half, Gareth Rees.

He went on to play at the 1999 and 2003 Rugby World Cups, but it was on the Sevens stage where Serevi became a god among mortals. Twice, in 1997 and 2005, he inspired the Fijians to victory in Hong Kong, proudly lifting the Melrose Cup on both occasions.