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The HK 7s dream

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, March 04, 2013

FOR Benito Eremasi the dream of playing for Fiji in the international sevens circuit started with the Hong Kong 7s tournament.

The premier event in the HSBC Sevens World Series was founded in 1978.

The 23-year-old Eremasi said he grew up watching the tournament and dreaming of playing at the Hong Kong Stadium someday.

That dream may soon become a reality as the nippy winger has re-joined the Digicel Fiji 7s squad to prepare for the Hong Kong and Japans 7s next year.

Eremasi, who made his debut in the national colours at the Wellington and Las Vegas 7s, knows his weaknesses and is working on getting that right for the next leg.

"I'm working to improve my defence and attacking techniques so it can go together with the game plan," the Lomaiviti Babas player said.

"This was my dream from the very beginning to play for Fiji at the Hong Kong 7s and now I have the chance to make it count."

Eremasi, who scored four tries in the last leg of the series, said the experience of playing in those tournaments had helped him to become a better player.

He said the IRB 7s tournaments were massive and one had to be mentally strong to withstand the pressure while on field.

The Hong Kong 7s will be held from March 22 to 24 at the Hong Kong Stadium.

Fiji faces Canada, Spain and the hosts in Hong Kong in the pool stages.